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iPhone 5 battery life is way worse than iPhone 4

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  • nategold Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to Dom1958)

    No I do not agree.  I never had a battery problem with my iPhone 5, nor with my iPhone 5s.

  • Dom1958 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 5:32 AM (in response to nategold)

    You either work for Alpple or you are one of the lucky few. Read the forum and see how much complaining there is

    Dom

  • nategold Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 5:49 AM (in response to Dom1958)

    No I do not work for Apple, and the only ones who post here are those who have problems - most do not.  Mine lasted about 6 hours usage and many more standby which was fine by me.  I challenge you to get an Android phone that lasts longer.  Me, my wife, and my son have not had battery problems.

     

    Turn off push notifications on email, turn down brightness to medum, minimize location services apps, etc.  Try doing a hard reboot of the phone - hold both buttons down until the apple appears.  All sorts of things to try.

     

    There are not a lucky few - there are a lucky many.

  • Dom1958 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to nategold)

    Done all that already and more.

     

    I agree with you on fine tuning to maximise the battery but do we really have to for teh price we pay?

    I found that if you switch the phone off the battery last ages.

     

    DOM

     

    PS: I am sorry but I am now beyond redemption and I still think you are working for Apple anyway

  • spyd4r Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 5:56 AM (in response to nategold)

    Wow is this forum tightly moderated. You can't say anything. Every posted is being deleted. 

     

    To the person who made the suggestion of dimming your screen and turning off features.

     

    Why did I buy a smart phone that isn't smart and I have to disable features?

  • goldfilm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to holdrege)

    I can't understand the people defending Apple, asking what type of apps we use... if we search for emails in the iphone... for how long do we listen to a song... c'mon guys! It's an iPhone 5! The most advanced and smartest phone in the planet!

     

    Yesterday night I left my home with 23%. I checked a few emails, checked in in Foursquare, looked for a name in Google, and I was already at 3% after an hour. When I wanted to make a call it died.

     

    NOT GOOD. Not my fault. Apple, please improve the batteries or finally CREATE THE ENERGY SAVER ICON!

     

    All this great features that are developed in each iOS version to not use them because your phone will died very soon. Please at least make it easy for us to save energy withouth going through 25 clicks. Just an icon, please?

  • spyd4r Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Oct 11, 2013 7:21 AM (in response to goldfilm)

    i can leave my house at 100% after charging all night so no drain prior to leaving the house... spend 1 hour driving, 2 hours using the phone for basic texting, facebook, and foursquare checkins, and browsing.. closing the apps behind every use... and it won't make the hour drive home...

     

    so my $1000 iPhone 5 64GB won't last 4 hours... with iOS6 or iOS7..

     

    never again will I buy an Apple phone.

  • A420TuRbO Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 8:17 AM (in response to spyd4r)

    As expected from the beginning the iphone 5 battery life was fair/poor then and it is almost unusable now unless you are next to an outlet or buy a brick of a battery case. If I switch the SIM to my 3 year old iPhone 4 on ios5 it will last twice as long. No way I'm upgrading to a 5S with more features and a marginally bigger battery.

     

    IMHO the only way Apple can make up for this is to bring a larger iPhone to market or to invent new "magic" battery technology (Not happening). There are way too many features in phones these days to go smaller and smaller something has to give and I bet Apple knows it but wont admit it.

     

    They should go the way of the Macbook next year there is NO MORE ONE SIZE FITS ALL. The 5S body should be called the iPhone Air (fitting for both weight, portability and battery life) and the iPhone 6 should be an iPhone Pro either same 4 inch screen size and just thicker for larger battery or increase screen size (maybe 4.5 - 5 inch) and you have room for a larger battery while maintaining thinness.

  • Yuniverse Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 12, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to A420TuRbO)

    Rest assured and get the 5s. 

     

    I was one of the first posters on this thread a year ago because my iPhone 5 battery was being discharged 1% every 5 minutes.  It was truly aweful.  I traded in at the Apple store twice and finally the third was the charm.  It's still holding charge very well. 

     

    That one was given to my wife(bless her heart) and I now have 5s.  My cousin also got 5s and both of our units show no problem at all.  The battery life is actually better than 5.  I don't know if it's the slightly larger battery, iOS7 or both.

     

    It seems Apple has fixed its battery woes.

  • bradlmullins007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2013 1:53 AM (in response to Yuniverse)

    I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the battery woes.  I think anyone that's not in an outstanding coverage area is still going to suffer horrible battery usage.  All of my iPhones had an OK battery when I first purchased them but after downloading a few apps and a couple months worth of wear I'd imagine your opinion will have changed.  JMHO

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    Oct 14, 2013 9:12 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I only have had my 5 for around four months now. I was on the Internet searching for a fix because no matter what I do the battery on this thing lasts a little more than an hour. I can't even let it just sit there powered off and not in use. It still dies within an hour. It also has some sort of glitch that is NOT battery dependent of going really, really dim. It is so bad sometimes I cannot read the screen since it is just shy of black. Sometimes I even need to boot it up several times to get it back. I normally love my apple produces but this is so annoying. I just hope my warranty covers it.  Even if it does I can look forward to a refurbished used phone instead of a new one. I can't tell u how excited this makes me! Anyone come across any reasons why these phones are so much worse than their predecessors? I deleted a bunch of apps even in my attempt to increase the battery life to something usable.

     

    I suppose if I want to upgrade out if this mess i will have to pay to get out of this two year contract and then buy into a new one or pay full price for a useable phone??

     

    BTW I tried to buy my new phone from Apple directly but because I swapped my upgrade to a family member I was forced by AT&T to purchase from AT&T. I am not looking forward to the total label of support I am going to have from them either. Oh jeez. What we pay to have tech.

  • Nonsensev2 Calculating status...
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    Nov 7, 2013 10:41 PM (in response to holdrege)

    I have an iphone 5 and i admit ye battery is draining fast and turned off location service and etc did all that lasted me for about 7h of full time usage.

     

    now i noticed one more thing, dont keep the phone near your body (in your pocket, etc)  it drains more battery that way i dont know why but yea i tried it and it works for me, just keep it in your bag not in your pocket you'll see, it will last morethan it used to be.

  • sabsam Calculating status...
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    Nov 9, 2013 12:50 PM (in response to holdrege)

    Just got back from the Apple store to find out my iPhone 5 needs a new battery. Not very old but out of one year warrantee. Battery problems started becoming more obvious ( rapid drain 65% to 3% in 20 minutes ) since IOS 7.

     

    Apple wanted $79 + tax to replace. I refuse to reward their lack or loyalty.

     

    Goodbye Apple. There is a reason Samsung is taking off.

  • jaazwaz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2013 12:24 AM (in response to sabsam)

    Hi sabsam,

     

    That is really bad. I'm using a iphone 5 with ios 7. I realised it was the apps on my phone that was messing my battery. I get 1 day and 12 hours on standby and 5 hours of usage

  • sabsam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 10, 2013 6:52 AM (in response to jaazwaz)

    It really is not the price but the lack of stepping up to the plate that the company has exhibited in refusing to show accountability with this issue. If I knew this would happen when I decided to buy the phone I might have chosen another phone. The tech person at the Apple Store diagnosed it as a bad battery but offered no other choice than replacement of the battery at $79.

     

    As these issues become more obvious to the consumer it will be harder for Apple to keep loyal buyers of their products.

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