iOS7, battery killer!

I finally upgraded my iPhone 4S to iOS7 the other day, plugged in my charger that night, and started the day with a shiny new OS. But in less than an hour, my battery was dead. WTH?!? In hindsight, I should have done some research before applying this upgrade. It turns on a lot of battery-draining features. The most helpful articles I’ve found so far are:

The Ars Technica review of iOS7 is another good resource, although it’s broader in scope, covering “old” iPhones running the new iOS.

New stuff in iOS7 that I love:

  • Control Center — A simple swipe-up on the phone gives me access to individually control all (?) my phone’s radios: cellular, wifi, and bluetooth. I have a couple of bluetooth accessories on my bicycle, so my morning and evening commutes are usually the only time I need to enable bluetooth. Super handy to be able to control it with just a swipe and a tap!
  • Control Center (yes, it’s so awesome that it gets multiple entries!) — Do Not Disturb now has a manual control, in addition to the scheduled DND setting. I think this will be useful during my infrequent trips to the movie theater. Instead of completely turning off my phone, I’ll turn on do-not-disturb and silence my ringer. This’ll let me receive calls from the (very few) people on my “emergency override” list during the movie.

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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