It’s been a few days since the arrival of iOS 14.2, the second major revision of iOS 14, and, from its hand, an interesting list of news. One of the most remarkable aspects or, to be more exact, the ones that attract the most attention, are 100 new emojis and eight new wallpapers. Additionally, it also adds some improvements to the operating system functions, corrects a significant number of errors from previous versions of the operating system, brings support for the intercom function of the Home Pod.
The problem is that, in addition to this news and improvements, iOS 14.2 also brings a somewhat unpleasant surprise, and that especially affects users of older devices, among which they can be updated to this version of the operating system. And, as we can see in the Apple forums, the battery life has been drastically reduced for many users after installing the update.
For users of older iPhone models that can be updated to iOS 14.2, the reduction in battery life is not something slightly noticeable, but a change that has generated a great impact, to the point that some of them claim that now they are forced to recharge the iPhone twice a day, instead of doing it every night or every other day, as is usually the case in most cases.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]My iPhone SE (2016) and iPhone 8 Plus were fine until update 14.2. Now the fully charged battery drops to 45% overnight and the charge drops quickly even while just reading my email. This cannot happen on both iPhones unless there is something wrong with the iOS 14.2 update. I never had a battery problem prior to the 14.2 updates. The battery health on my SE and 8 Plus is 90% and 98% respectively. I don’t use my phones much, because I use my laptop for most of my online activities, [/perfectpullquote]
explains one of the affected users.
What most of those affected agree on is that the greatest change is noticeable at night, that is, the hours when the iPhone is not in use, a period in which battery consumption should be minimal, but According to the users who have updated to iOS 14.2, it can now cost up to 50% of the battery, something totally incomprehensible and out of place.
To further confirm that it is not a problem with the iPhone of the affected people, but with iOS 14.2, some users have found that the problem is reproduced even with the phone in airplane mode, that is, with all connectivity functions disabled and therefore in a mode in which consumption should be lower.
At the moment Apple has not given any indication of having identified the problem and is working on it. Thinking badly, it occurs to me that it may be the response of those from Cupertino to the criticism and court sentences for modifying, through iOS, the performance of older devices. I want to think no, that it is just a problem in iOS 14.2 and that iOS 14.2.1 or 14.2.2 will fix it. But we will not know that until the company says something about it, or that it solves it through the facts.