Since its release two weeks ago, iOS 16 has drawn criticism from users who have upgraded to the new mobile operating system, most notably for draining the battery faster than it should.
Two weeks after Apple released iOS 16, users continue to complain that the mobile operating system drains their batteries far too quickly.
When new operating systems are released, battery life tends to suffer at first because updates to software and apps, as well as reindexing files, photos, and other functions, tax the processor and thus the battery. However, these background updates eventually stop, and battery usage levels typically return to normal.
According to Mixpanel, approximately 13.3% of iPhone users have upgraded to iOS 16 since its release on September 12. That’s when reports of battery problems began to surface.
“I’m running iOS 15.6.1 on a 13 Pro and I’m experiencing noticeable battery drain.” “said one user in the iOS 16 Battery Drain Thread on MacRumors. “I had to recharge my phone in the middle of the day (I don’t let my phone’s battery health fall below 30%). My battery health is currently at 99%. And, yes, this is the production (non-beta) version of iOS 16.”
“This is ridiculous,” another poster said yesterday. How long has it been since you were sixteen? My phone is still getting hot… and the battery drains much faster than it did previously 16. I just saw this pop up. And here I am doing nothing!”
Last week, the Apple news site 9to5Mac polled its readers and discovered that 63% of iPhone users reported that their battery life had deteriorated after installing iOS 16.
“This appears to broadly align with public sentiment regarding the battery life impact of iOS 16,” the site reported.
According to Gordon Kelly, a senior contributing writer for “Forbes,” the problem is so widespread that Apple iPhone owners should consider staying on iOS 15 until Apple fixes it.
“The issue has been hidden in plain sight. “I flagged multiple reports of battery drain in my iOS 16 Upgrade Guide, but the process of reindexing after updates makes this difficult to verify,” Kelly wrote. “However, one week later, complaints continue to pour in, and evidence mounts that Apple is dealing with a major problem.”
A request for comment from Apple was not returned.
iOS 16 has had its share of issues since its release. The mobile operating system received two hurried updates to address bugs and security issues, as well as issues with loading iMessage and FaceTime, among other things. Users are also more hesitant to upgrade to iOS 16.
“It’s not uncommon for new versions of iOS (and apps) to have bugs, but they’re usually discovered during pre-release testing.” If the battery life issue is real, Apple should have done more testing before releasing the update. And that is a problem with their quality control,” said Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates.
According to Gold, there are numerous factors that can cause such issues from one generation of operating system to the next. If new features and functions are not properly optimized, they can cause power drain. New capabilities in the operating system running in the background may also drain the battery. Also, not putting OS components to sleep when not in use, or not optimizing specific coded functions to the processor and low-level architecture, can have an impact on battery life.
“There are many reasons why OS or app updates can cause excessive battery drain,” Gold explained. “The basic issue is that it should not have made it through to the user base if adequate testing and optimizations were done in the pre-release code.”
Users with iPhone 13 or earlier models who have already upgraded to iOS 16 can downgrade to iOS 15.7.
However, owners of Apple’s latest iPhone 14 line are unable to revert to any version of iOS prior to 16, which came with the newer phones.
“It could just be an erroneous setting in the OS,” Gold said, “but the majority of users would not have the knowledge to fix that if that were the case.” “They essentially have to wait for Apple to resolve the issue.” But it does cast a negative light on Apple when these things happen, especially given Apple’s emphasis on security and ease of use.”