The low battery life of the new iPhone 4S, which led to a rising tide of complaints from its users, is due to the existence of an error in location services of operating system iOS 5.
During the days following the release of the latest smartphone from Apple, latent claims of consumers who purchased the device and found that the energy charge of it was running too fast.
This was also evident in those iPhone from previous versions that have updated their platform to iOS 5, raising suspicions that the problem could be in the operating system.
According to British newspaper The Guardian, a growing number of people have found that the item “Setting Time Zone” location services built into the latest mobile operating system, Apple seems to work even when there is no possibility that the user has moved to another location or time zone.
Users have seen appear purple icon that indicates whether the service has been used in the last 24 hours, suggesting that it has been running several times to access the location of the iPhone, even when no apparent reason to do so.
Apple’s response and a possible solution
So far, the reaction of Apple to this problem was to contact some of the claimants and ask users install in their smartphone a special application to determine the cause of the drastic reduction in battery life.
Meanwhile, some experts consider valid the possibility that this is due to an error in the location service iOS 5 suggested workarounds until Apple provide a definitive answer.
This is the case of Oliver Haslam, who through iDownloadBlog directly suggested disabling the “Setting Time Zone” to prevent the battery from losing any energy unnecessarily.
Haslam notes that, although this means that the phone does not automatically establish the appropriate account when the user time zone travel, “but that’s a small price to pay for getting your iPhone last longer than 12 hours when fully charged”.
According to Haslam, this solution was tested in four iPhone 4S different, and a iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G, achieving a dramatic improvement in battery life of them all.