A number of new features have arrived for Apple users who have installed the latest iOS 16 update on their devices, but not everyone is thrilled with the impact it has had on their phones.
A customizable lock screen, iMessage updates, and tighter security measures are some of the new features introduced in Apple’s latest update, released on September 13.
Users can now add widgets to their lock screen, edit already sent messages, translate text on photos, and track their fitness goals without having an Apple Watch, among other never-before-seen features.
It comes just days after the tech giant announced its new lineup of smart technology, including the new iPhone 14, Apple Watch, and AirPods Pro models.
And while some love the new design and smarts of their smartphones, other users around the world have noted that the new update has taken a toll on battery life.
“PSA: Do not update your iPhone to iOS 16. Battery life sucks,” a Canadian Apple device owner warned on Twitter.
“That iOS 16 update definitely had my battery fighting for its life,” another iPhone user from California tweeted.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Google searches for the phrase “iPhone battery life” have peaked in recent days, while the related query “iOS 16 battery drain” has seen a big increase. in searches and the search engine registers a break in the results.
“iOS 16 is a great update, but it brutally kills my iPhone’s battery life,” tweeted a third Apple fan.
While sudden battery drain is a frustration, Apple Support says it’s not all bad news and iPhone users are advised to be patient.
“You may notice that in the first 72 hours after an update, battery life decreases as your device ends activities and background processes,” an Apple Support spokesperson told news.com.au.
“After that, you should see the battery level out.”
In fact, it seems like the reduced load is quite normal after a software update, however it hasn’t been that noticeable in the past due to the reduced number of new programs being installed.
Apple confirmed this in March after a user experienced a similar issue with the iOS 15.4 update.
“It’s normal for your apps and features to need adjusting up to 48 hours after an update,” Apple Support tweeted.
For those Apple users who are still skeptical about updating their devices, a tech fanatic has confirmed that battery performance is back to normal after installing the update.
“The first two or three days after the iOS 16 update, the battery life was bad. Then it settled and is fine now,” the iPhone user said in a post on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another Apple device owner added: “Initially, every new iOS update affects battery life on most models except newly released ones.”
“Sometimes even new models, but nothing to be scared of anyway. In a week or two, software updates will start to fix it.”
Apple encourages its customers to visit its “Maximize Battery Life and Life” tips and tricks page on its website for more information on how to preserve battery life for all devices.
Some simple tricks include dimming your screen brightness, enabling low power mode, and deleting apps you don’t need so they don’t run in the background.
iPhone users can also visit their settings to see a detailed report on battery life and health.
“’Battery life’ is the amount of time your device works before it needs to be recharged (while) ‘Battery life’ is the amount of time your battery lasts until it needs to be replaced,” Apple explained. on your website.
“Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.”