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iOS 7.1 may be draining your iPhone's battery faster

Is iOS 7.1 draining your iPhone's battery faster? Some iPhone and iPad users are reporting on Twitter and in Apple Community forums that the new iOS 7.1 update is quickly weakening their iPhone or iPad's battery life, according to a March 14 report in the “Los Angeles Times”.

Apple released the iOS 7.1 update on Monday. This update is the first major update to iOS 7. The new iOS 7.1 brought lots of new features to iPhone or iPad—plus many bug fixes. Some of these new features and fixes include a new way to communicate with “Siri” and an end to the issue of “fingerprint fade”. You can read more about the new features in this article about the free iOS 7.1 update.

By Thursday, after only 72 hours, almost 18 percent of iPhone and iPad users had already downloaded iOS 7.1, on track with the adoption rate of previous iOS updates. This is great news for both developers, who will be able to bring the latest technology to their apps, and to iPhone and iPad users, who will be able to use these advanced apps.

But some iPhone and iPad users have complained that the iOS 7.1 update is draining their batteries faster. While it may be for some iPhones and iPads, “Ars Technica” notes that its tests showed that the drop in battery life between iOS 7.1 and iOS 7 is nowhere near as statistically significant as the drop in battery life encountered by users upgrading to iOS 7.0 from iOS 6.1.

Some of these new reports about a faster draining battery may be traced to the disruption in battery activity data that follows an update. That is, an update can make it seem like a battery is draining quicker than it is.

While no clear solution is available yet, if you've noticed that the battery on your iPhone or iPad is draining faster, here are four suggestions:

  • Turn off Push email. Push email service runs in the background and is always searching servers to see if you have any new email, which can drain a battery. Tap “Settings” > “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” > “Fetch New Data” > then change the setting for each email account you have.

  • Lower screen brightness. Screen brightness can consume lots of battery life. Tap “Settings” > “Wallpapers and Brightness” > then move the slider to the left. You may also want to turn off “Auto-Brightness”.

  • Disable Paralax. Paralax is the visual feature that makes iOS 7 look beautiful, but it drains the battery unnecessarily. Tap “Settings” > “General” > “Accessibility” > “Reduce Motion” > then turn "Reduce Motion" on.

  • Reboot your iPhone or iPad. Hold down the power button, move the slider to the left to power down your iPhone or iPad, wait a few minutes and then restart it.

Any of the above services that you turned off on your iPhone or iPad, you can always turn on again, if Apple comes forward with a solution.

Is iOS 7.1 draining your iPhone or iPad's battery? If you believe it is, please let us know in the comments below.

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