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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • artvaro Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 5:34 AM (in response to iPhone4Lyf)
  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 5:42 AM (in response to iPhone4Lyf)

    I have wifi both at home and in my office.   When on wifi, my battery seems to last forever.   I lose only about 2% overnight, when I forget to put it on the charger.   Same when in the office during the day.   Cellular data and antenna power management is the battery draining culprit with iOS6.   APPLE cannot fix this, without affecting performance in other areas, such as call quality and data speeds.  

     

    They chose to go thinner with the i5 design, instead of using the larger form to include a bigger battery.   This, IMO, was a poor decision.   I would expect that the iPhone 6 will have a higher capacity battery next fall.     That'll be the only effective solution.

    iPhone4Lyf wrote:

     

    Is anyones battery life amazing when your iphone is on standby? Mine drains rapidly when using the iphone but is fine when it is on standby. I was getting 6 hours standby on 100% but when I started using it, I was losing1% every minute or 2.

  • Keja3600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 6:20 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    a lot of fancy words but dont say they cant fix it because you dont know what the problem is.u are not an apple engineer or an engineer alltogether (clearly) so dont try putting people down.and if u really want to know it IS possible that its a fixable software problem.but since different variables affect the phone in different ways its gonna be a lot of work finding it.if it was restricted to 1 bug t would have been fixed a long time ago..so my advice,wait untill the next update,if it doesnt change,return your phone and demand a new one

  • bvauk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 6:26 AM (in response to holdrege)

    My battery has been eaten alive since I upgraded to 6.0.1, and my data usage has also spiked. My phone was getting extremely hot when it was in "sleep" in my pocket, it felt exactly the same as when I use my sat-nav on there, which led me to think it could be GPS related.

     

    I'm not sure if anyone else has done this, but it has solved both of the above problems for me....

     

    I went into Settings>Privacy>Location Services>System Services (Right at the bottom) and turned all of these off. I honestly don't think I will miss any of these.

     

    My phone no longer gets hot, battery is as good as it should be and my data allowance is not diving quicker than a premier league footballer. I know each user seems to have slightly different issues, but this definintely sorted mine out.

  • justanut Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 7:13 AM (in response to bvauk)

    I've tweaked my iPhone 5's settings to the max.. All location services off, mailboxes set to fetch hourly, no push. iCloud sync all off. I reached the office with 85% battery after 45mins of usage on the About page. Left it alone in my bag, switched to my other phone. End the day, it's showing 1hour 20mins of usage??? With 12hours standby. Battery at 52%. No missed calls, on 3G network (4 out of 5 bars), 4G switched off.

     

    Am I the only one who thinks something's wrong? I've had iPhones from 3GS all through to 5, all the iPads including mini.. And the iPhone 5 is the only one that isn't performing like I expect it to. Let alone the scuffs the stupid bezel picks up from just sitting in my leather pouch!

  • LEECK78 Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 7:28 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Discovered a common issue that happened on almost every i-device after IOS6 update and that is the cellular signal.

    Users on iphone 4, 4s and even ipad reported that they used to have 3~4 signal bars at home/office. However, after IOS6 updates, they can hardly see 3~4 bars which they used to have. Some users also experienced signal fluctuation that leads to drop calls and whatsoever.

     

    Previous i-devices on IOS5.1.1 works prefectly, but chaos on IOS6.

  • Pilotofelize Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to holdrege)

    i have picked up iphone 5 10 days back...iphone 4 and 5 have same settings as well as same os.. but battery of iphone 5 just drains off on standby by doin nothin... dono why does this happen.. its sad to carry ut charger everywere to keep it on. apple should come up with battery update soon.. 50% down in 4 hours. with out talking no music no games.. sad

  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:58 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    You see, you lose 2% on wifi overnight. I wake up with 100% on 3G. Thats how good my standby is. Once i use it though, I see a 1% drop every 2 minutes. 3 at best. This is absolutely ridiculous. If that iphone 5s rumour in march is true, I will never buy an apple product again unless iphones cost £300. A true price.

  • CliffHNZ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 11:52 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Here's my usage before my charge this morning.

     

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/4640199/2012-11-15%2007.10.41.png

     

    Of note, I used 3G, WiFi (Facebook, email, random searches and YouTube across both), Garageband for 2 of those hours (mostly through headphones), and was randomly playing with the phone. I've got this in Field Test mode just to check how much my signal strength is bouncing and it is bouncing a lot! At home I get between -49dBM and -101dBM! At work, between -70dBM and -101dBM. At work my WiFi is shakey to say the least so that explains my higher drains while at work then at home (since it si switching between the two from time to time). The large variance in home 3G signal strength though is interesting. I don't know if it is the software auto-correcting a condition or if I'm connected to two cells then dropping one constantly. I do know that my home 3G speed isn't bad (between 13-15Mb) and my work isn't too shabby wither (around 9-10Mb).  Anyways, I thought I would put this up to show that a once badly draining iPhone could come right after suggestions were followed on here. I'll post more screenshots of usage if anything drastic changes, otherwise, I'll be lurking and trying to help like everyone else here....

     

      Thanks for all of your tips and suggestions,

           Cliff

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:28 PM (in response to Keja3600)

    I may not be an APPLE Engineer, but I think I have some level of common sense.   You claim it's a software problem in one breath, then quickly say that we should demand a replacement phone?   Sounds like you are somewhat confused.........    Shockingly enough....  

    Keja3600 wrote:

     

    a lot of fancy words but dont say they cant fix it because you dont know what the problem is.u are not an apple engineer or an engineer alltogether (clearly) so dont try putting people down.and if u really want to know it IS possible that its a fixable software problem.but since different variables affect the phone in different ways its gonna be a lot of work finding it.if it was restricted to 1 bug t would have been fixed a long time ago..so my advice,wait untill the next update,if it doesnt change,return your phone and demand a new one

  • iLoveiPhone85 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:50 PM (in response to Jameson!)

    @Keja - Calm down! Jamison was just giving his input like everybody else. Everyone needs to stay rational.

     

    @everybody else - seems like we were beta testers for their NEXT phone. We shall see.

  • Keja3600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i think you're reading what you want to read.i said it is POSSIBLE its a software problem,and if not demand a new phone,but hey if u say so ok im confused..whatever

  • HwyHawk1976 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Roger that on the "beta testers". Rumors r already circulating about the Iphone 5S being in production. Maybe they will give all users that posted problems on this thread 1 for free.. *NOT*

  • unlockediphone4s64gb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 2:06 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Have had this iphone 5 unlocked 64 gb for now almost 1.5 months. Can confidently say that the battery absolutely *****. I've pretty much had every release of the phone since the 4 (sadly I am foolish with my money; but not anymore!) The iphone 5 is by far the worst iphone I've had for battery life. I've disabled LTE, brightness down to minimum and chose dark backgrounds.. .. sigh.. lg nexus 4 anyone?

     

    Now I need to change my username to unlockediphone564gb

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 2:14 PM (in response to HwyHawk1976)

    Any 5s will almost certainly be the same physical dimensions as the current phone.   That means the same battery.   On top of that, any additional features added to the 5s are likely to make it even more power hungry.   We need to face the fact that until the iPhone is redesigned with a higher capacity battery, this problem will continue......

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