$4.99 iOS 5 Battery Fix Available From Cydia Is A Complete Scam

$4.99 iOS 5 Battery Fix Available From Cydia Is A Complete Scam

While Apple has been slow to fix the battery issues plaguing its new iPhone 4S and other devices running the new iOS 5 software, it seemed the jailbreaking community had come to the rescue. A tweak that hit Cydia earlier this week claims to fix your battery life woes under iOS 5, but it wants $4.99 for the privilege.

As it turns out, the tweak does nothing; it’s just a complete scam to steal your cash.

While many users have reported that the tweak has worked wonders on their battery life, it seems it may be all psychological. Two iOS hackers, Dustin Howett and Sam Binger, who were suspicious about the release named “iOS 5 Battery Fix,” took a look at its code and found that it really does nothing at all.

Binger revealed:

There has been a lot of hype recently about a 4S ‘Battery Fix’ – DHowett found that all it does is replace /System/Library/CoreServes/powerd.bundle/com.apple.SystemPowerProfileDefaults.plist

I looked for any possible impact of this

While this sounds good… we’re changing the power settings right? The reality is that it does absolutely nothing.

It seems one devious developer, well aware of our desire for a battery fix for iOS 5, saw the opportunity to make money from Apple’s long-delayed software update. Fortunately, it seems the tweak is not malicious — just useless.

This is a lesson to those who were quick to download the fix before its claims had been confirmed. Although the tweak should not harm your device, it could well have been malicious, and it’s stolen $4.99 from those who purchased it believing it to be real.

[via iDownloadBlog]

  • Ed_Kel

    I wonder how many readers you screwed over in the previous article saying that it delivers a solution to 4S battery issues. A responsible site would have tested said app before recommending that we pay $4.99. Luckily I wasn’t one of them.

  • Srome95

    Trololololololol

  • KillianBell

    I’m sure we actually said it “claimed to deliver…”

  • MacHead84

    You know full well that the 15 year old kids who jailbreak their devices cant differentiate claimed to and actually. So congrats on aiding the scamming on plenty of people around the country! “Once installed, the iOS 5 Battery Fix applies a number of hacks and tweaks, all in the aim of extending iPhone battery life as long as possible.” sounds like you claim it worked Killian

  • MacHead84

    But but but the jailbreak community is so legit and safe. I even read an article from COM promoting this and other amazing(ridiculous) wonders of jailbreaking!!!!

  • Ed_Kel

    Along with “
    this tweak seems like a good investment, even at $4.99.” and “
    This $4.99 tweak seems like a good solution that will help most users make the most of their device’s battery”…

    Irresponsible.

  • Ed_Kel

    CoM is on a roll this week in reader deception. Maybe they should stick to what they do best and report Apple news and helpful Mac how-tos and steer away from jailbreaking..

  • MacHead84

    exactly!

  • Kalani Thielen

    Good God man, the point is that you said anything about it at all.  The fact that you won’t acknowledge your (unwitting) complicity in this theft makes your website look like a sad joke.

  • Ed_Kel

    Subsequently, CoM is proving the exact opposite. If people out there read these contradicting articles proving that jailbreaking isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be and still jailbreak, then God help them.

    There’s a reason why The App Store is curated and if people can’t see that, then they don’t belong around an iPhone. Jailbreaking an iPhone contradicts the very reason why most people buy iPhones. CULT of MAC shouldn’t promote something that only screws over user experience.

  • Myles Kaye

    Hahahahaha

  • joewaylo

    One of the reasons I don’t believe in “Battery Fix” apps, they aren’t for real and trick you to spend the extra money that does little to nothing. Users believe these apps are for real and spend the money. The truth lies in our habits of using the iPhone to it’s full potential.

    The only way you’re going to save battery life is to limit it’s usage. We use Siri, navigation, phone calls, 3D Games, iPod, videos, etc and spend up the battery in four hours.

    Turn off some of your features to save battery life. If you’re in a No Service zone, turning airplane mode on helps save the most battery life. Closing inactive apps from the taskbar saves battery life too.

  • Adam John Brewer

    What about COM’s claims that Apple’s update is “long delayed”?  Did Apple promise a release date for iOS 5.1?  I’m sure not aware of one being posted.

    How can something that was never promised for release at a specific time be “delayed”?

  • john4043

    LoL trust the jail breakers all the time man LoL

  • Don Pope

    I have to say that my iPhone 4s has excellent battery life, and I have yet to meet someone in real life that is having battery problems with theirs. Of course, my circle of friends is not a true random sample of the population at large, but I suspect that this issue is being overblown.

  • Mystakill

    The vast majority of the apps available on jailbroken iDevices are legitimate.  One bad apple just proves the age-old adage “buyer beware”.  The apps on the standard Cydia repositories are all vetted to some extent though, so this isn’t quite as bad as everything that still manages through Google’s “approval process”.

    Besides, the original article was from Brownlee; everything he’s posted of late has been pretty much off-the-hip and/or derogatory in regards to anything un-Apple-like.  Have a chuckle and move along…

  • nolavabo

    Fake app is praised by some as fixing a problem. Can we now safely ignore all of those people’s claims that they had an actual problem in the first place?

  • Ed_Kel

    The point that we’re trying to make is that CoM has delved so deep into the jailbreaking scene that it’s beginning to hurt their reputation. We can have the argument on whether or not jailbreaking is appropriate but that doesn’t change the fact that CoM are shooting themselves in the foot and loosing reputation due to writer incompetence and overall deception. It gets very real very quick when you use your outlet to persuade a user’s wallet and, with that said, where do you draw the line? And big or small, no news source or blog site should ever recommend a product without first fully recognizing it as a sound investment. It is irresponsible and a blatant disregard to the assumed trust that the reader has in the authors of these articles.

  • MacHead84

    And you know the VAST MAJORITY of apps for jailbroken devices are legitimate how? Because MuscleNerd, Saurik, and COM say so. LOL…..a quick look at the Big Boss Repo’s website, shows their app submission policy. All apps should be live in atleast 24 hours. Yeah they sure “vet” dont they!

  • Jonathan Badger

    The problem is it is obvious that the App store vetting has absolutely nothing to do with protecting user experience. There are thousands of crappy approved apps and plenty of completely legitimate apps (such as an OnLive client) which aren’t approved simply because they would hurt Apple cash flow (who would buy the iPhone versions of Assassins Creed if they could play the real thing via OnLive?) If Apple would outsource approval of apps to a non-profit that limited its vetting *only* to whether an app is useless or malicious, that would be one thing, but it obvious that isn’t the case at present.

  • Ed_Kel

    “Thousands of crappy approved apps and plenty of completely legitimate apps…” What sources do you have to back this up other than your opinion? 

    The real version of Assassin’s Creed wasn’t meant to be played on an iOS device and if it was, then the developer would have released it. OnLive is an emulator – nothing more and nothing less. The client would hurt the developer a whole lot more than “Apple’s cash flow”. 

    A curated app stores in fact DOES protect user experience as well as legitimate developers. Go ahead and cry fowl because Apple cares more about their money than their customer but before you do, compare and contrast the App Store, Android Marketplace and Cydia, then try to tell me that vetting has “absolutely nothing to do with protecting user experience”

  • Jonathan Badger

    Oh please. Look how many “fart” apps that exist in this wondrous app store! Does more than one (or even that) really need to exist? Apple doesn’t care if an app is useless.

    In terms of my user experience, I like old-school games — Cydia allows emulators that allow me to install what I want to play on them. I also do programming, and I like having a Ruby interpreter. That too is unavailable from the App store. So yes, I would say Cydia is protecting my user experience from Apple’s capricious whims.

  • Ed_Kel

    Don’t you think it would be a conflict of interest for Apple to allow an emulator that allows you to play unlicensed copies of older games created by current developers? 

    Cydia doesn’t give a shit about your user experience; case and point – this article! Don’t misconstrue your arrogance for intelligence my friend. Opinions don’t win arguments.

  • Mystakill

    Cydia is not at fault; it’s just a storefront app which displays items available through whichever repositories it is configured for.  If you choose to add a 3rd party repository, which is not included as one of the regular repositories included in Cydia by default, then *you* are responsible for ensuring that it’s a reputable source providing reputable apps.

    However, in this particular case, Brownlee doesn’t appear to have done anything other than cursory fact checking, and no app testing whatsoever, prior to publishing the original article.  When you’re in a race to pump out articles and content as quickly as possibly in order to increase impressions (ad revenue), why bother with little things like details?

  • Nutz320

    Closing inactive apps does nothing to save battery life. Those apps are suspended in RAM. As for the ones that are performing background processes, if you quit the, all the processing they were doing is gone. Audio that you want to hear, encoding that you want to complete, etc. The app tray is for recent apps, not active apps.

  • MacHead84

    Close the inactive apps in your App Tray and tell me your available RAM doesnt increase, I assure you it does

  • Nutz320

    “The app tray is for recent apps, not active apps.” Nor is it for strictly inactive apps. Only recent apps. iOS automatically manages memory.

  • nthnm

    There is most definitely a problem with battery life now. I can’t make it through half a day without my phone notifying me that it has low battery. I’m doing everything the exact same AND have additional notifications/location/apps turned off. I just have multiple chargers (work, home, in my bag) so I can live with it.

  • nthnm

    Maybe “long overdue” would have been better wording by them?

  • SevanGrim

    some apps are still running a mild amount when you close them. the ones that re inactive are the ones that restart completely when you re-open them. But the ones that open exactly where they left off? they needed memory to do that while you were doing something else.

  • Nutz320

    “the ones that open exactly where they left off? they needed memory to do that while you were doing something else.” Yes, and when you need more memory, iOS will automatically stop those apps from running in the background.

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