Apple getting iPhone 4S battery complaints

Apple’s new iPhone 4S, which debuted with millions of sales, may have issues with battery life, according to a report in the Guardian.

The news site reports Apple engineers are fielding inquiries about a reduction in battery life compared with earlier models of the smartphone.

Apple had already warned that stand-by time for the iPhone 4S would only be 200 hours, compared with 300 for the iPhone 4, but said talk time in 3G would be as long or longer.

Users, however, are complaining battery life has been much shorter, even with minimal use and shutting off features that normally would sap battery life, like location services.

The Guardian said Apple engineers was reaching out to some iPhone users to collect information  in an effort to track down the problem.

Apple is expanding sales of the phones to 22 more countries this weekend after launching it two weeks ago in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Separately, it also looks like Samsung may be eating some of Apple’s smartphone lunch.

Christopher Seward

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October 28th, 2011
5:29 pm

The iPhone will go the way of the dinosaur very soon. The new Android phones are going to blow the 4S out of the water, and Apple won’t be able to keep pace.


October 28th, 2011
5:51 pm

I swear people can be so critical. These complaints are probably coming form tech geeks who have nothing better to do but notice every minor issue with their iphones. “Instead of 8 hours of talk time I’m getting 7.8 hours”. Get a life..

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October 28th, 2011
5:59 pm

No diddy. The phone is supposed to have 200 hours of standbye type, but it gets less than 5-6 in many user’s cases. It’s a real problem as evident that Apple is investigating it.

So far there are several problem found to cause this and which appear to fix it when remedied. However, unless you go to a Genius Bar and get lucky to find one who knows what he’s doing, you’re going to have to suffer until Apple releases a point release.


October 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

I cannot wait to switch to iPhone. Android sucks! You get more freezes than an Arctic winter with those pieces of garbage. I have absolutely grown to HATE my Droid X!

Mark Rountree

October 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

Apple fan. But the 4Gs has significant problems on many fronts. I’ve had three of them in a week. (One just died once an hour…the second couldn’t read any sim card put into it…and the third is the one I have now).

The battery is an issue, regardless of the claims by Apple for longer life. Oddly though, battery life has INCREASED as I’ve charged it a few times.

But the phone portion of the unit is pretty weak. It’s a great handheld computer, but it’s a pretty poor phone.


October 28th, 2011
6:51 pm

the new iOS5 software is actually to blame for the increased battery drain. I installed it in my iPhone4 and I noticed a drastic change in my battery life.

Mr. Riley

October 28th, 2011
7:16 pm

Its all lies, smoke and mirrors….the reason people go out like pack rats and by the same product over and over is because they feel there getting something bettter with the “new version”, when really the company is just pumping up the hype to keep you buying the crap they keep putting out…


October 28th, 2011
7:29 pm

Why is it that every time an iPhone debuts some moron will post about some new android phone that will blow it out of the water and it never ever happens. You want an android phone, great buy it. You want an iPhone, great buy it. Like it or not the technology of each basically does the same thing so neither is going to blow the other out of the water. Choose one, be happy, and be quiet.


October 29th, 2011
10:05 am

I put iOS 5 on my 3GS about a week ago and I’ve noticed a significant reduction in battery life. It used to be that I would never have to worry about draining the battery throughout the day no matter how much I used it. Now, if I use it a good bit, the battery is dead before I go to bed.

More ajc bias

October 29th, 2011
12:19 pm

Google is so astronomically big yet they are not as big as Apple. Hence all the “iPhone sucks” jealousy every time there’s a new phone &/or software update. Don’t forget- droid wouldn’t even exist if it wasn’t for Apple. All droid does is capitalize on the issues that some people don’t like about iPhone. I’ve had iPhone for 3 years & have had little to no issues. Hardware issue? Fixed @ no charge. Battery issue? I BOUGHT A DAMN CAR CHARGER. At work? Plug my iWire into my work computer’s USB port then VOILA!! My phone is charging!!! It’s not that difficult, people


October 29th, 2011
12:24 pm

Iphones are junk. The batterys are terrible and they manfunction all the time. It will only get worse with jobs gone


October 29th, 2011
1:42 pm

My 4S has been rock solid, fast and battery life on


October 29th, 2011
3:20 pm

@more ajc bias
google is much larger than apple.. apple is predominately a hardware company, google is more software, so comparing them in that regard is a stretch to begin with. as to your claim of “jealousy”, people are rarely jealous of anything that their accused of. they may be ignorant and not understand (majority of claims such as “iphone can do this bla bla that ___ cant” are completely false), but they are not jealous.

And android wouldve existed regardless of apple, it was in the works 2 years before the iphone existed back in 2005. But i agree competition is good as it pushes features to both sides (voice control, led flash, dual core cpus, and front facing cam on iPhone for example were on android devices first, likewise iPhone had some things that were added to android, though i honestly cant think of any right now)

Chargers solve a battery issue as long as your near a plug, but thats an important drawback if you travel a lot and cant always leech power, or say you lose/forget a charger.. a fully charged device will never last as long as companies claim in real use, but it should do a hell of a lot better than 3-4 when not in use as I’m hearing some people complain. That’s a legitimate issue that needs to be addressed, and could even go as high as a joint lawsuit for false advertising when you factor that into the decision to buy.

And Android is pretty awesome, but i know both platforms have their share of problems, its pathetic when people lie and glorify them to holy standards in arguments.


October 31st, 2011
4:40 pm

Here is a video review on an iphone 4s with a smoking hot girl in a swimsuit!!!