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iPhone Owners Complain that iOS 7.1 Update Causes the Battery to Drain Faster

Alyssa Bereznak
National Correspondent, Technology
Yahoo Tech

Most people agree that Apple’s latest update to iOS 7 has made everything on the iPhone faster. Unfortunately, that might also include the battery drain. 

According to complaints on Twitter and Apple’s discussion forums, the new iOS 7.1 software has caused some iPhone owners’ batteries to die quicker.  

Now, we’re not sure if the Twitter complaints are entirely reliable, since we don’t know which version any of these folks are updating from. The tech site Ars Technica ran some tests and found that though the update from iOS 6 to iOS 7 carried a “statistically significant drop in battery life,” the update from iOS 7.0 to iOS 7.1 did not materially affect iPhone or iPad battery usage. 

That said, these complaints are multiplying, and Yahoo Tech’s Rafe Needleman, who updated from iOS 7.06, says his iPhone has been intermittently rebooting since he downloaded the system (a problem that iOS 7.1 was supposed to fix). 

Some have suggested reinstalling the software via iTunes to work out the kinks, though it’s not clear if that will actually help the problem. Apple has yet to acknowledge any issues.

Apple released iOS 7.1, its first major update to the redesigned iOS 7 mobile operating system, on Monday. 

Annoying, right? But look on the bright side: At least there’s no security breach in this update.

While we wait for an improvement, here’s a handy list of things you can do to help keep your battery healthy, and a few tips on extending your phone’s life in desperate times

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