iOS 8 Battery Drain; Wi-Fi Problems: How to Fix Device’s Battery Life?

By Larry Ong, Epoch Times
September 25, 2014 10:09 am Last Updated: September 26, 2014 2:30 pm

iOS 8 is barely out for a week, and users are already kicking up a storm on the forums. 

Two common complaints are battery drain and Wi-Fi connectivity. 

On the MacRumors forum, a thread about fast battery drain has seen almost 19,000 views and about 60 replies. 

Forum member Wise87 reported losing 14 percent battery in 30 minutes on the iPhone 5S, while KurianOfBorg reported losing 30 percent battery overnight despite having “switched off notifications and Background App Refresh.” 

Other forum members recommended a variety of fixes that include doing a clean install of iOS 8, disabling Calender in Mail Contacts and Calenders, and turning off Perspective Zoom. 

Meanwhile, a Wi-Fi problem thread on the Apple support forums has gotten more than 27,000 views and 400 replies. 

Users report slow Wi-Fi speeds, poor signal strength, and complete lost of connection. 

A user who contacted Apple support about the issue, and surmised that the Wi-Fi issue was software related and not hardware: 

“Chatted with Apple support and they had me do a restore and set up as new.  I did that since I’m seeing other glitches in iOS 8.  It seemed to work after that, but I only tested for a few minutes and didn’t do the ping test (which I should have done as that would have given me a definitive answer).  I then restored my backup and the issues returned.  Apple support implied if restoring as new didn’t fix the problem, then it’s a hardware problem.  Considering the number of reports about this, he can’t be correct.”

Apple appears to be botching it big time with their latest iOS. 

iOS 8.0.1 came out yesterday to provide a fix to a HealthKit and Safari bug, among other changes, but was quickly pulled after users complained that their iPhones could no longer connect to their cellular network, and that iOS 8.0.1 “broke” their Touch ID. 

Apple recommends that iOS 8.0.1 users restore their iPhones back to iOS 8, and wait for iOS 8.0.2, which will be “ready in the next few days.” 

For iOS 8 users who no longer have any patience and wish to go back to iOS 7.1.2 until Apple sorts out the bugs, follow the steps below: 

1) Back up iOS 8 device. 

2) Download iOS 7.1.2 IPSW here and save it to an easily accessible location on your computer.

3) Open iTunes and connect your Apple device with the USB cable.

4) Select Apple device in iTunes and go to the Summary tab.

5) Hold down the “Option” key on Mac OS or “Shift” key on Windows, and click the “Update” button.

6) Select iOS 7.1.2 .ipsw file.

7) Select “Update” again, and iTunes will should begin the download after verifying the update with Apple.