10% in 10 minutes: Is iOS 5 really that hungry?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iAppleseed, May 23, 2012.

  1. iAppleseed macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    So there I was, listening to music with my bluetooth headphones, while surfing on the net with my unlimited data with the screen brightness set to high on my iPhone 3GS. I was surprised to see 10% go by after 10 minutes. Am I the only one?

    Oh, the funny thing is, for the last 10%, I found my iPhone mysteriously shutting down. I opened it again, then it shuts down after 5 seconds.
  2. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Surprise! Your battery actually does drain when you use your phone. Especially on the iPhone 3GS due to its age. Oh, and that last ten percent and then shutting down "mysteriously" is your battery not being calibrated properly.
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    IOS 5 will be a bit more power hungry then previous iOS's. How old is the phone? Since its a 3GS it probably doesn't have the capacity it once did when it was new.
  4. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    You were using Bluetooth, surfing the web and had the brightness turned up high, all at the same time, and you're surprised that your battery went down quickly? I don't think it's iOS5 that's the culprit here. All three of those tasks can be pretty battery intensive, so yes, you'll use up your battery relatively quickly that way. Especially if it's an older phone that's been used a lot. Batteries lose the ability to hold a charge as time goes on.
  5. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    It's not supposed to drain the battery that fast. You should restore your phone in iTunes just to be sure.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Agreed. I can certainly listen to music and surf the web for more than 100 minutes. I'm a bit confused by all the "get over it" posts in here.
  7. iAppleseed thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Nah. It took me a long time to install Siri on this thing. I also have a ton of jailbreak stuff on this thing. Probably should get a new battery.
  8. zephonic macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    greater L.A. area
  9. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    No its not. wipe your phone and install fresh, and if that doesn't fix it, return it.

    I get 2 days out of the most recent iOS easily.
  10. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    And voila.....

    I think we have an explanation of why your phone is operating differently than a standard phone... :rolleyes:

    Remove the stuff that isn't supposed to be there and I imagine its drain would be normalized, or choose to keep the stuff and put up with the additional drain.

    Your choice......
  11. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    With the music over bluetooth?

    With the internet over a cellular network?

    There are a lot of unknowns here:

    Poor cell signal?
    Did the web pages have many images? SVG? Canvas?
    High bit rate audio?
    Was the audio being streamed?

    10% does not sound too unreasonable given what the OP has described.
  12. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I think

    clears up the unknown.

    The OP's device is clearly running more processes in the background than a standard iPhone.

    Now I'm no Steven Hawkins, but you don't need to be able to understand blackholes to concede that the explanation lay's more at the OP's own actions/tampering than the phones ;)
  13. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I guess you'll just have to get over it. :D (kidding!)
  14. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    I've found signal issues to be a real battery killer. Before I moved, I had 4-5 bars of signal all day and my iPhone 4 battery lasted well into a third day. Where I live now, I get 0-2 bars of signal walking around the house and my battery rarely makes it through the day.
  15. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    IOS5 isn't the issue. The battery isn't the issue. Unrealistic expectation is.

    It's like leadfooting your car and complaining that you're getting fewer MPG's. You don't get something for nothing.
  16. iAppleseed thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    Poor cell signal, yes.
    The webpages were Macrumors and 9to5Mac. Of course they were graphic intense. Audio was ALAC (1000KBPS), freshly ripped from my collection of CDs, and my vinyls (3000 KBPS!). Audio is not streamed, just stored on my phone.
  17. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Poorly this was either a failed attempt at sarcasm or a failed troll.
  18. Spectrum Abuser, May 23, 2012
    Last edited: May 24, 2012

    Spectrum Abuser macrumors 65816

    Spectrum Abuser

    Aug 27, 2011
    Here I was thinking that I was living the high life in terms of music quality with 224Kbps.
  19. iAppleseed thread starter macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    That's not even lossless

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