Turning off automatic time zone -- better battery life?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by r-sparks, May 9, 2012.

  1. r-sparks macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Well, you got any data to back up that claim or is it just conjecture?

    Make a test and show us the results.
  3. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    And your iPad actually has to change time zones how often, exactly? Of all the things your iPad is doing at any given time, do you really think that is drawing enough power to drain your iPad?
  4. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    Yeah, when I'm travelling near to the speed of light around the World, I find that my iPad is just draining too much battery. It can't keep up with the time zones
  5. Batavian macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2011
    This was rumored to be an issue with iOS 4. Supposedly addressed in iOS 5.

    Personally, anything I don't use, I turn off. Also, if it's not that big a deal to handle manually, I turn that off as well. These include:

    bluetooth (off - don't use)
    auto time zone (off - I change manually as needed)
    auto brightness (off - personally think its broken, and it's not difficult to manually adjust)
    diagnostics (off - not big on having Apple peer into my usage)
    location services (off - when at home, on - when traveling)
    notifications (keep these at a minimum, every app seems to want to "notify" me of something)
    equalizer (off - don't listen to much music on my iPad)

    One thing I do keep on is I have "fetch new data" under email sent to "push". I do like to get emails as soon as they are sent. But changing this is supposed to save some battery life.
  6. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    Let's make sure OP is clear on the issue though. There are two settings regarding time zone. One is called automatic time zone, the second is in location services/system services and it's called setting time zone. It's this latter one that causes battery issues. I found that mine was always on, meaning the GPS chip was frequently running. Killed my battery as a result. Battery went back to normal after I turned off that setting.
  7. r-sparks thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    Some seriously hostile responses here. :eek:

    It's just a discussion on a forum, guys. No need to go around punishing people for asking innocent questions.


    It's the latter I'm talking about. It periodically probes the GPS. In my case there's no need for this because I live in a country with only one time zone and will not be travelling much with my iPad.
  8. davidinva macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    I've only had my iPad for a week. Last night, I charged it and it was on 100%. All those things were on except for Wi-fi and bluetooth. From 12 am to 12 pm today, my battery was still at 100%. I have the 16GB model, so am careful with what is on the iPad, but most things have Push enabled as well as location services.
  9. rkahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 29, 2010
    Very helpful response!

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