iOS 11.4 is killing battery life on some iPhones

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How's battery life on your iPhone with iOS 11.4?
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Apple rolled out iOS 11.4 in late May, finally delivering AirPlay 2 and stereo support for HomePod. If you haven’t already updated, you might want to avoid it for now.

Some iPhone users are reporting battery life problems after installing Apple’s latest release. It seems the issue affects everything from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone X.

iOS 11 was a massive update for iPhone and iPad, but since its initial release last September, users have had to deal with a wide range of bugs and glitches. Apple has eradicated many of them with more recent updates, but others are introduced in the process.

The latest is killing battery life on some iPhones.

iOS 11.4 could ruin your battery life

“My iPhone 6 was working perfectly fine until I updated to iOS 11.4 and ever since I did that my battery is draining rapidly even without me using it at all,” reports one user on the Apple support forum. “I used to go a full day without charging it now it may last half a day.”

“I’m very strict when comes to services enabled on my iPhone 6s so the battery usually lasts for over 24h if I don’t use Maps,” writes another. “After the upgrade to 11.4 I have 2% of my battery after 11 hours. It now lasts less than half of the original time it did before the upgrade.”

It seems no iPhone is immune to this issue; users are reporting similar experiences on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and even the iPhone X.

Is Wi-Fi the problem?

Some suggest disabling Wi-Fi, or switching from a 5GHz network to a 2.4GHz network, might solve the problem — but others say this has no effect. Apple is yet to comment on the issue, but with over 700 people asking the same question on its forum, it seems fairly widespread.

The good news is that it certainly doesn’t seem like a hardware problem. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait for Apple to fix the issue in a future update. The company has already stopped signing iOS 11.3.1, so once you’ve updated to iOS 11.4, there is no way back.

Via: The Inquirer