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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • Faheem12 Calculating status...
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    Nov 25, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to Keja3600)

    Spot on

  • AlwaysLookin4Answers Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to holdrege)

    How the **** do I even GET edge?? I only have the option to switch from LTE to 4G to no cellular data. Where's edge in this equation?

     

    Also: this is so stupid and I can't believe I'm asking this but does anyone know if having a cheap screen protector on this device could cause battery drain? I read that a few months ago and I want to be sure that it doesn't actually do that I need to put one on here. Thanks

  • tim3k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If your carrier does not support LTE then you get the conventional 3G <-> EDGE switch.

     

    I personally confirm that the issue has something to do with high-speed cellular data. If I'm on WiFi or even EDGE, the battery life is outstanding. On 3G - I can barely get 4h of usage.

  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 11:44 PM (in response to tim3k)

    Hmm, I cant find the 3G switch. So we basically found the culprit?

    2 days ago I was on wifi and got 45 minutes of usage and was still showing 100%.

    Today Im on 3G and ive got 2 minutes of usage and 99%.

     

    *** is this BS.

  • tim3k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 11:57 PM (in response to iPhone4Lyf)

    3G Switch

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  • iPhone4Lyf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 12:05 AM (in response to tim3k)

    Yep, I dont have that. I think its to do with my network. I think they only support 3G.

    tim3k wrote:

     

    3G Switch

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  • BuckHunter84 Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2012 12:25 AM (in response to holdrege)

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    APple did a diagnostic on my phone and said nothing wrong....really Apple ...really? 3 hrs usage normal

     

    p.s. LTE was off. and push email switched off also

  • jivin\'monkey Calculating status...
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:00 AM (in response to holdrege)

    Seeing exactly the same thing.

     

    Restored my iPhone 5 from an iPhone 4 backup via iCloud, battery significantly worse than my iPhone 4 and struggled to get longer than a day out of it under normal, low, usage.

     

    Reading earlier posts I saw that it may be the restore from backup that was causing the issue, so restored the iPhone 5 and set up as a new device.

     

    Battery increased *slightly*, I was able to last a day, but this is still far behind my 2yr old iPhone 4, which is not acceptable.

     

    I'm sure Apple will address this issue, and I think we can agree there is one, there's obviously something not quite right and I'm glad a lot of people are sharing their experiences to help bring this to their attention. We shouldn't need to cripple our (**** expensive) devices just to manage a few calls a day or a couple of location based activities.

  • stevebez Calculating status...

    It's pointless exercise to keep on changing settings blah blah blah

     

    Phone has an issue with its mobile amplifier / software management of it.

     

    It's obvious to me now my battery life was fine and today had occasion to use the mobile network aggressively and whatsapp just chewed through my battery.  30-35% in 30 mins approx.  

     

    Hope for apples sake it's software fixable and not the radio hardware...

     

    I think it may be the quad core proc. running on all fours instead of streamlining.

     

    Who knows!?!?!?

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Comparing battery life from the i-4 to the i-5 is useless.   Think about it.........

     

    The i-5 adds LTE, a bigger screen and a more powerful processor.........   All of these features will use more power than the i-4.   However, APPLE chose to make the i-5 thinner, instead of increasing battery capacity.   This, IMO, was a significant mistake on their part.   Regardless of what they claim, common sense dictates that battery life will never match that of the i-4.

     

    You claim to get through an entire day on a single charge.   That's better than many others are reporting.   If I were you, I'd be satisfied........

    jivin\'monkey wrote:

     

    Seeing exactly the same thing.

    Restored my iPhone 5 from an iPhone 4 backup via iCloud, battery significantly worse than my iPhone 4 and struggled to get longer than a day out of it under normal, low, usage.

    Reading earlier posts I saw that it may be the restore from backup that was causing the issue, so restored the iPhone 5 and set up as a new device.

    Battery increased *slightly*, I was able to last a day, but this is still far behind my 2yr old iPhone 4, which is not acceptable.

    I'm sure Apple will address this issue, and I think we can agree there is one, there's obviously something not quite right and I'm glad a lot of people are sharing their experiences to help bring this to their attention. We shouldn't need to cripple our (**** expensive) devices just to manage a few calls a day or a couple of location based activities.

  • Keja3600 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:22 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    dude plz shut the f* up,your logic doesnt make any sense...you really annoy people by telling them they shouldnt expect a better phone than the previous.maybe in your world thats ok but in all of ours this is messed up so plz stop posting man

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:31 AM (in response to Keja3600)

    My logic makes perfect sense.   You just don't want to hear it.   I didn't say it is acceptable.   I said APPLE made a significant design error by not increasing battery capacity in the i-5.

     

    When iOS 6.1 is released around year end, you'll be right back here complaining that it had no impact on battery life.   Unfortunately, the physics of the design cannot be changed with software, unless something else suffers.

     

    Maybe you should call David Copperfield and has him to work up some magic spell to increase your battery life.   Only a magician can overcome the basic physics that is the root cause of the issue........

     

    Now, it's time for you to grow up, "dude".    Recess is over and the teacher is calling you back into class.........

  • jivin\'monkey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    Unfortunately LTE is not an issue for me, here in the UK we've only just got our first LTE network and as it's only in its infancy my city isn't yet covered. Possibly a good thing by the sounds of it, plus as one company have the monopoly it's daylight robbery. With regards to the battery life, I'm content yes, but satisfied? I'm afraid not.

     

    I can see your logic, i.e. faster this, faster that, bigger this, thinner that, but I still believe that comparing to an older model is perfectly reasonable in this situation, what's the point in product iterations if basic specs don't supersede the last? I'm all for products developing and each becoming better than the last, and sure, the only way to do this is seems to evolve around making it more powerful yet in a smaller overall unit, but surely you can't expect this to come at the expense to one of the most significant requirements for a smartphone these days; battery life.

     

    If so, where does this logic end? Would you be happy with a 2hr hour battery life if it meant being able to decode the human genome on your smartphone in that time? This is, of course, ridiculous, but you get my drift.

  • Faheem12 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 6:36 AM (in response to Jameson!)

    It is Apple's problem that what design error they have made or not made. Users problem is that they paid a premium price for this f**king piece of sh***t and it doesn't perform up to the Apple specified specs, i.e. 8hr talk time on 3G. Now its not us who said that it must give us 8hrs, its Apple who have set the bar that high and consumers have paid there hard earned money after looking at these specs.

  • Jameson! Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    We aren't disagreeing here.   I believe that the design decision we a serious mistake on APPLE's part.   They should have increased battery capacity instead of making the i-5 slightly thinner.  

     

    I firmly believe that's why we will probably see a i-5s released in the spring, well ahead of the annual release schedule.   I expect they will address the physics of the phone, but who really knows.....   Firmware updates aren't going to solve it.

    jivin\'monkey wrote:

     

    Unfortunately LTE is not an issue for me, here in the UK we've only just got our first LTE network and as it's only in its infancy my city is yet covered. Possibly a good thing by the sounds of it, plus as one company have the monopoly it's daylight robbery. With regards to the battery life, I'm content yes, but satisfied? I'm afraid not.

    I can see your logic, i.e. faster this, faster that, bigger this, thinner that, but I still believe that comparing to an older model is perfectly reasonable in this situation, what's the point in product iterations if basic specs don't supersede the last? I'm all for products developing and each becoming better than the last, and sure, the only way to do this is seems to evolve around making it more powerful yet in a smaller overall unit, but surely you can't expect this to come at an expense to one of the most significant requirements for a smartphone these days; battery life.

    If so, where does this logic end? Would you be happy with a 2hr hour battery life if it meant being able to decode the human genome on your smartphone in that time? This is, of course, ridiculous, but you get my drift.

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