Whatever your opinion on the new Apple iOS 17 update – it’s been impossible to ignore all the complaints.
The free update is available on all iPhones released after 2018 and users who’ve upgraded are experiencing a few frustrating issues.
Apple says the iOS update boasts a whole range of new tech features.
But it also seems to be causing massive problems with battery life too – especially on older models.
Users have, of course flooded both social media and Apple forums with their frustrations.
Overnight Apple Hub asked users on X (formerly Twitter): “Have you experienced battery drain in iOS 17?”
The post has been inundated with replies.
“My XS battery disappears in seconds,” one said.
“I woke up today and my battery was physically gone. I can’t wait for the update to fix this,” another said.
But for those with newer models, the iOS 17 update appears to be benefiting their battery life.
“My battery is way way better with iOS 17 (14 Pro Max),” on user said.
“So far in iPhone 13 using iOS 17 is feeling smooth and one of the best features for me is the autocorrect, standby and the dial pad. The battery life is also fine for the past 2-3 days,” another said.
In 2020 Apple faced a $27 million fine for deliberately slowing down older iPhone models without making consumers aware.
However, the battery issues faced by iPhone users after installing iOS 17 is said to be unrelated.
Seemingly a reoccurring issue whenever a new version of iOS is installed on an iPhone, there could be several reasons behind it.
First, your device re-indexes data on your iPhone in the background after major software updates.
This is to ensure existing apps and data still work with the new version of iOS.
Apps will also update in the background as you use your iPhone if you have Automatic Updates enabled.
The result: a depleted iPhone battery when you update to iOS 17.
The problem should only last for a few days before performance improves.
Supercar Blondie reached out to Apple for comment but it did not immediately respond.
Apple previously gave the following comment to Express.co.uk:
“Background activity is usually needed when going to a new iOS for about 48 hours, including apps downloading updates,” the company said.
In the meantime, these are a few battery-saving tips to help your iPhone pull through.
First up: avoid widgets on your lock and home screen by switching to another lock screen profile.
Press on your existing lock screen and then swipe to choose one without widgets.
Turning off your iPhone haptic keyboard feedback can also help.
Instead of just a typing sound, haptic feedback gives each key a vibration.
Apple admits this feature “might affect the battery life of your iPhone”.
You can disable it by heading to Settings > Sounds & Haptics > Keyboard Feedback and toggle off Haptic.