Possible Fix For iOS 5 And iPhone 4S Battery Life?

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I’ve been a bit quiet lately while considering the possible reasons why my new iPhone 4S has the worst battery life of any iPhone I’ve ever owned. Normally by now I would have written some battery troubleshooting tips to share with all of you. However, this time around the problem is anything but normal and the usual tips aren’t helping. So I’ve been quiet about this.

I cannot say the same thing about Apple’s discussion forums since the conversation about battery life there is reaching epic proportions and the conversation is rather loud.

It might be about to get a lot quieter with this tip, which seems to be working for me.

The problem might be caused by how iOS 5 handles location services. According to one source I found, the problem might be caused by a bug in how iOS 5 handles time zone switching based on your current location.

There is a setting in Location Services in the Settings App that might resolve the battery issues we’ve all been experiencing. I tried it for about half a day and it looks like it helped, but I really need to spend a full day with it and a fresh 100% charge before I get too excited. However, so far it looks good, and I thought I’d share what I found.

Open the Settings app, tap Location Services and then tap System Services. Now find the “Setting Time Zone” setting and toggle it Off.

Test your iPhone 4S or other devices supporting this feature starting with a full charge for one day. Let me know whether it works for you or not. Preliminary tests and several comments I’ve read about it show it might have helped a few other people besides me, but like I said I won’t feel comfortable until I’ve used the fix for an entire day.

[via iPhone Hacks]