Though Apple sold a record 4 million iPhone 4S devices on its debut weekend, the device is now in the news due to all the wrong reasons. First, it was a security threat related to Siri and now it's the battery drain problem on iPhone 4S. Several iPhone 4S owners have complained about serious battery drainage problems and Apple is reportedly looking into the issue even as we write this post. Though the root cause of this issue is yet to be confirmed, here are a few workarounds which will prevent the battery drainage on your iPhone 4s.
1) Setting Time Zone
Quoted Oliver Haslam of iDownloadBlog, the Guardian claims that the Setting Time Zone feature introduced in iOS 5 polls cell phone towers constantly to determine the phone's location, thereby causing the iPhone 4s battery to drain quickly. The recommended workaround is to disable this feature under Settings -> Location Services -> System Services -> Setting Time Zone
2) iCloud Sync
Another theory suggests that iCloud Sync could be the culprit as it causes the iPhone 4s to enter a continuous crashing loop, thereby killing the battery. The suggested workaround is to turn off iCloud Sync. However, if you want to use iCloud sync, MacWorld recommends that you wipe the phone and resync it to iCloud - this will solve the problem but don't ask why!
3) Location-based Reminders
Several users report that they've witnessed battery life improve once they turned off location-based reminders. Speculations suggest that the reminders feature does not stop using the GPS and location service (WiFi as well) even when it's not in the foreground, thereby consuming a lot of battery life. The obvious fix - disable reminders.
At this point of time, there's no official word from Apple as to what's causing the iPhone 4S battery drain issue. Though we strongly recommend users to wait for Apple's solution to the issue, there's no harm in trying some of these preventive measures which can drastically improve your iPhone 4S battery life.
We hope Apple fixes this issue sooner than later - until then, as they say,prevention is better than cure. Have you experienced any battery issues on your iPhone 4S? If yes, did you try any of the prevention measures listed above? Please share your experience by leaving a comment.
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