The new Apple iOS 14.6 release provides both new features and a slew of critical security updates, but now millions of iPhone users have a decision to make because upgraders report that it also presents serious issues.
Discovered by excellent investigative technology blog PiunikaWeb, upgrading to Apple iOS 14.6 causes extreme battery life for a significant number of users. Complaints can be found on Apple’s Community Forum, Reddit and Twitter, while YouTuber iAppleBytes also found battery tests on seven models of iPhone that gave “terrible results” after being upgraded to iOS 14.6.
“The improvement we had seen in iOS 14.5.1 is completely gone and some,” says iAppleBytes. “This is the worst battery result I have ever seen on my devices. Your experience may be different, but this is not something I have seen on a similar scale before. Fingers crossed for a fast iOS 14.6.1 [release]. ”
It is an answer that is echoed elsewhere. At Apple Communities, a thread reports “my battery life on iOS 14.6 is terrible” and asks if others are experiencing the same thing. At the time of publication, well over 300 responses say they have the same question. Others report that iOS 14.6 not only affects battery life, but “seems to harm battery health as well” (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 etc.) While there are isolated reports of erratic leaps. also (1,2).
So what is behind the iOS 14.6 battery issues? On Reddit, the most popular answer links it to power consumption when an iPhone is idle, with the redesigned (and problematic) new Podcast app pointed out by others along with Apple Music.
Meanwhile, iPhone owners have a tough call to make because iOS 14.6 fixes over 40 security flaws and Security Vs Longevity is not a trade anyone will make. Whichever way you choose, however, Apple is responsible for releasing a solution as soon as possible.
I have contacted Apple and will update this post if I get a response.
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