iOS 16.2: Does it affects the Battery Life? Is there an improvement?
Does the new version of iOS 16.2 improve or degrade battery life?
Opinions vary on social media and in the Apple support forums. Some people think this update is a huge improvement, while others think it’s awful.
Good for you if your battery life is good. You can move on to something more interesting and stop reading now.
If you’re one of those people with battery problems, ZDNET offers some advice to help you survive the day without running out of juice.
- Be patient
It’s normal to experience a drop—even a significant one—in battery life after installing an iOS update.
After an iPhone update, you need to perform a number of tasks in the background. This then more than power and any battery life will return to normal once all these extra tasks are done.
- Update your apps
It is possible that the problem is not related to iOS but rather to some old app, especially when a new version of your iOS is released. This means it’s a good idea to make sure all your apps are updated before you waste time trying to diagnose what’s going on.
Launch the App Store app and click your account icon in the corner, then scroll down to Available Updates (Updates Available) to check for updates. If there are, install them.
- Find out what’s draining your battery
Well, updating iOS and apps didn’t fix the problem, and the battery still doesn’t work. What else could happen? It could be a rogue app that is draining the battery. Fortunately, iOS provides you with the tools you need to track malfunctioning apps.
Go to Settings > Battery. Here you will see a lot of data, including Battery Usage By App. This menu lets you toggle Activity By App, which shows a breakdown of how much power each app uses while you’re using it and how much when it’s in the background.
You can use this information to diagnose battery drain issues. Here are some other things to use this information for:
• An app running in the background will show a lot of background activity compared to screen activity (ask to disable background activity for that app and see if that helps).
• You can detect charging problems (Was the battery actually charging when you thought it was charging?).
• You may also notice poor battery performance.
- Wait for iOS update
If all this cannot help, what to do is to wait for Apple to fix the problem and release a new update.
Although you have to wait for them to be addressed and take a risk that a new update will truly fix the problem and not cause even more mayhem, Apple does a much better job of fixing these kinds of problems.
All things considered, ZDNET advises that you install the updates on a frequent basis because if they are not, your iPhone may continue to be subject to attacks. These days, practically every update that Apple provides is expected to include iOS security updates.