I discussed this point about a week ago (here) but it needs emphasizing. Since the upgrade, the battery that would have lasted me 3-4 days under the 4.2.1 version of iOS now lasts me just a bit more than a day. It even loses about 25% of its power at night, when I leave it on airplane mode and shut down all open applications. Yes, you read it right: it loses a quarter of its power by just doing nothing for about 8 hours.
To be fair, I should have seen this coming. Exactly a year ago I have “upgraded” my wife’s iPod Touch from iOS3 to iOS4 to get the exact same result: the upgrade’s main feature was turning the battery from something that lasted about a month between charges into something that last about a couple of days.
We therefore have ourselves a trend: about a year and a half after Apple releases a product it offers a free “upgrade” that renders it useless just in time for you to buy their newly released product. When I look at the street and see how many people use iPhones it becomes obvious to me that as much as I detest Apple for acting this way I have to admit they are doing their shareholders the best of service. But let’s not get into the ethics of our market driven economy, shall we…
For now, let me close of with this three point advice:
- Do not buy Apple products.
- If you do happen to be the owner of an iPhone 3GS, do not update its operating system anymore.
- If you do happen to be the owner of an iPhone 4, print this post and keep it locked in a vault till early 2012. Then, when Apple releases its latest iOS upgrade, read this post again to recall why you should not update your device.
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