November 14, 2011 23:27 by Jeremy
It's been 3 days since the release of Apple's Software Update (5.0.1), which was meant to fix a few of the battery life issues being heard 'round the world. Users have been seeing frequent drops in battery life on their new iPhone 4S'. But if this latest patch hasn't fixed it, then what will?
Some speculate that it's a hardware issue, while most people have determined the problem to lie in the software. And while this patch has smelled some with their battery woes, others who weren't experiencing the problem are now claiming to after the patch.
The best fix for all this? Carry an external battery or charging cable around with you everywhere, because it looks like the problems aren't fixed just yet. Check out ebatts.com for more info on these products.
August 12, 2011 11:31 by Ty
The iPhone is a very powerful smartphone for modern day technology and holds a very high capacity battery internally. The new iPhone 4 comes with an internal 3.7V 1420 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which powers the A4 processor, 512 MB of RAM, interactive touch screen and the rest of the iPhone 4’s hardware. Some rumors have been that the iPhone 4 can last anywhere between 4 hours to two full days off of one full charge. It all depends on how frequently you use your iPhone and how it is configured. Below are a few suggestions on how to optimize your iPhone settings.
- Minimize use of location services – Applications such as Maps and will reduce your battery life each time it connects to the network. To disable location services, go to Settings > General > Location Services or use location services only when needed.
- Turn off push notifications, fetch mail less frequently – Some applications have push notifications, such as Facebook and instant messaging apps. To disable push notifications, go to Settings > Notifications and set Notifications to Off.
- Fetch new data less frequently – Some applications, such as your Mail will fetch data at a set interval. Fetching Mail at less frequent intervals will increase your iPhone battery life. To fetch new data manually, from the Home screen choose Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Manually. To decrease the Mail fetch interval, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and tap Hourly.
- Turn off push mail - If you have a push mail account such as Yahoo! or Microsoft Exchange, turn off push when you don’t need it. Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Fetch New Data and set Push to Off.
- Minimize use of third-party applications- Excessive use of gaming, chat, web browsing or applications with location services will drain the iPhone battery faster over time.
- Turn off Wi-Fi – If you are not using Wi-Fi, just turn it off. Go to Settings > Wi-Fi and set Wi-Fi to Off. But if you have a Wi-Fi connection, use it because it is more efficient to use a Wi-Fi network versus a cellular data network.
- Turn off Bluetooth – If you are not using Bluetooth, turn it off. Go to Settings > General > Bluetooth and set Bluetooth to Off.
- Use Airplane Mode in low, or no-coverage areas – Simply enable airplane mode on your iPhone if you are not using it, in a meeting, have no coverage or just don’t want to be contacted all the time by those pesky cold callers. To turn on Airplane Mode, go to Settings and set Airplane Mode to On.
- Adjust brightness – Turn down your screen brightness to conserve the iPhone battery power. Go to Settings > Brightness and drag the slider to the left to lower the default screen brightness.
- Turn off EQ - Applying an equalizer setting to song playback on your iPhone can decrease battery life. To turn EQ off, go to Settings > iPod > EQ and tap Off.
- Turn off 3G (GSM model only) – If you’re not browsing the internet or retrieving important email with large file sizes, then turn off your 3G network and just run off of the data network via EDGE or GPRS.
- Close out running apps when you don’t need them – Don’t let apps run in the background as it take up processing speed and battery power to run them. Just simple double click the home button, and hold down on an app that is running in the background to remove it from the processing apps. Just don’t delete the app on accident.
- Turn off Ping - To disable Ping, Go into Settings. > Tap on General, then Restrictions (right underneath Passcode Lock). > You will be prompted to enter a password and confirm it – make sure it’s a code you remember. > Enable restrictions and make sure all apps are “On,” but that Ping is the only one “Off”. This has been known the increase your iPhone’s battery life by several hours by just disabling Ping.
- Keep good charging habits and care for your battery – Try to keep your iPhone in a room temperature environment when charging, idling or when in use. More specifically, keep it between 32 degrees and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to Apple’s site, the iPhone 4 offers up to 7 hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours of talk time on 2G (GSM model only), 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 10 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 10 hours of video playback, or 40 hours of audio playback on a full charge at original capacity. In addition, iPhone 4 features up to 300 hours of standby time. The iPhone battery life is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 400 full charge and discharge cycles. If your iPhone no longer holds sufficient charge, it may be time to upgrade your iPhone to the next faster and better model. The other alternative is purchasing an external iPhone 4 battery case that fits right over the iPhone 4 and double cell phone run time, while protecting it at the same time.
Source: Apple iPhone Batteries
December 4, 2010 00:13 by Jeremy
Mophie's been around for a while now, selling cases and external batteries for your iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 2G, etc. More recently, they've announced that their latest product, the Juice Pack Plus for the iPhone4, will soon be coming in extra colors - Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow (seen below). These case-batteries will be available in January, while the plain Black version is already available now.
The Juice Pack Plus has 2000mAh, offering roughly 8 extra hours of talk time (useful in case you're aiming to get the Guinness Record for World's Longest Phone Conversation), or 7 hours of internet use on 3G (much easier than switching over to a desktop or laptop, of course), or 44 hours of extra audio playback. Some would prefer this case over others because of its speaker-rerouting system as well: sound is redirected from the bottom of your iPhone, to the front, offering better sound quality. A USB cable is provided so that you can plug in your iPhone and let it sync/charge without having to remove the case.
A previous product, the "Juice Pack Air" is also available for the iPhone 4G, but doesn't offer as much battery life as the new Juice Pack Plus. Unfortunately, it also does not come in the retro colors seen above (personally, I'd rock the Cyan one).
Honestly though, in case you're looking for a more unique look to your iPhone, and don't ever want to have to worry about your phone dying, this may just be the product you've been looking for. Morphie's website has the full details, and you can order the products directly from there.
Now imagine using this case in conjunction with the umbilical-iPhone-cord - maybe then you'll nab the Guinness Record for Most Unique iPhone Accessories too.
Source: tuaw.com for the picture