A number of new features have arrived for Apple users who have installed the latest iOS 16 update on their devices, but not everyone is enjoying the impact it has had on their phones.
A customizable lock screen, iMessage updates and tighter security measures are among some of the new features introduced in Apple’s latest update, released on September 13.
Users can now add widgets to their lock screen, edit messages already sent, translate text in photos, and track fitness goals without an Apple Watch, among a host of other never-before-seen features.
It comes just days after the tech giant announced its new lineup of smart tech, including the new iPhone 14, Apple Watch and AirPods Pro models.
And while some love the fresh design and smarts of their smartphones, other users around the world have noticed that the new update has come at a cost to battery life.
“PSA: Don’t update your iPhone to iOS 16. Battery life is rubbish,” a Canadian Apple device owner warned on Twitter.
“That iOS 16 update sure made my battery fight for its life,” tweeted another iPhone user from California.
Meanwhile, in Australia, Google searches for the phrase “iPhone battery life” have peaked in recent days, while the related query “iOS 16 battery drain” has seen a huge increase in searches, with the search engine seeing a breakout in the results.
“iOS 16 is a great update, but it’s brutally killing my iPhone’s battery life,” tweeted a third Apple fan.
While the sudden battery drain comes as a frustration, Apple support says it’s not all bad news with iPhone users encouraged to be patient.
“You may notice that in the first 72 hours after an update, battery life is reduced as your device finishes background activities and processes,” an Apple support spokesperson told news.com.au .
“After that you should see the battery leveling off.”
In fact, it seems that the reduced loading is quite normal after a software update, however it was not as noticeable in the past due to the reduced expansion of new programs installed.
Apple confirmed this in March after a user experienced a similar issue with the iOS 15.4 update.
“It’s normal for your apps and features to be adjusted for up to 48 hours after an update,” Apple Support tweeted.
For those Apple users still skeptical about updating their devices, a tech fanatic has confirmed that their battery performance has returned to normal after installing the update.
“The first two to three days after the iOS 16 update, the battery life was bad. Then it got fixed and now it’s fine,” the iPhone user assured in a post on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another Apple device owner added: “Initially, every new iOS update affects battery life in most models except the newly released ones.”
“Sometimes even new models, but nothing to panic about anyway. In a week or two, software updates will start to fix it.”
Apple encourages its customers to visit the “Maximizing Battery Life” tips and tricks page on its website for more information on how to preserve battery life for all devices.
Some simple tricks include dimming the screen, turning on low power mode, and deleting unnecessary apps to run in the background.
iPhone users can also access their settings to see a detailed report on their battery life and health.
“‘Battery Life’ is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged (while) ‘Battery Life’ is how long your battery lasts before it needs to be replaced,” a explained Apple on its website.
“Maximize both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which one you own.”