Oct 15

My iPhone has been using huge amounts of battery power for almost 2 weeks now – ever since I upgraded to iOS11.  It can drop 20% of it’s battery percentage in an hour and it’s using so much power that it takes 5 hours to charge! I’m keen to see who else is having this problem and whether it’s resolved itself for you.

After some reading I am hoping that this increase in power usage on iOS11 is caused by Spotlight reindexing.  This would also make sense as to why all the power saving measures such as low power mode etc make no difference.  It also makes sense as to why the battery drain doesn’t seem to be tied to any particular application.  If this is the case, all we need to do is wait a few days and the iPhone should finish indexing and eventually return to its normal self. If however it’s some kind of a bug in iOS11, we may need to wait for a fix from Apple. If it is caused form Spotlight indexing, waiting should eventually fix it.  If you are camping or in a situation where you you need the phone and cannot put up with the battery drain you have 3 options:

UPDATE: It’s not caused by Spotlight indexing. I turned off all indexing and the problem is still there.

I’m contacting Apple Support and will keep you updated.

 

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Oct 04

In this Google Pixel review I commented that one of the frustrating things about the Google Pixel phone was that sometimes it missed incoming text messages. In fact this was so critical to me that it caused me to switch back to my iPhone. I have since discovered that this was not a problem with my Google pixel phone at all, but rather a problem with Apple messages. If you are changing phones from an iPhone to a different brand, make sure you turn off iMessage first.

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Oct 02

Many iPhone users are noticing a fast drain in battery life in iOS 11. You can check which apps are using your battery by going to Settings –> Battery and then scrolling down to where it says ‘BATTERY USAGE.’ You will see a screen like this:

This is a very handy chart that lets you see which apps are using your battery. For me, it’s Google Play Music. I admit, I do use the Google Play Music App a lot to listen to music.

If you click on the App in question, it will tell you how much you have used it. I clicked on Google Play Music and it told me that I have used it for 2.3 hours on the screen and 4 minutes in the background over the last 24 hours.

Click on the app name to see whether the usage is when the app is on screen or in the background.

You can look at your battery drain over the past 24 hours, or the past 7 days.

For hints on how to save battery life, check out “iOS11 battery drain problems”.

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Sep 25

I just got caught out for the first time by the missing headphone jack in the new iPhone. I was with some friends and we wanted to listen to a song from one of their iPhones. I went to plug it onto our PA system… no headphone jack in the phone!  But it won’t happen again!  Here’s my recommendation, if you are a club, a church, a school, a recording studio, anyone who has a sound system, grab yourself one of these Apple lightning to headphone jack dongles from the Apple store and leave it near your mixing desk. Continue reading ⟩

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Sep 20

I tend to get sore thumbs from over-using my iPhone. Here’s something interesting that I noticed when I used an Android phone for 6 months. My sore thumbs disappeared. To tell you the truth, I didn’t really notice this until I switched back to the iPhone again, then after about 1 week my sore thumbs reappeared.

On both phones I was using my thumbs to type. So I think the difference is the iPhone home button.

It’s not a huge force that is required to press the home button, but because it needs to be pressed  reasonably hard, and it is used a lot (every time you open a new app) it seems to give me sore thumbs.

So I’m excited about Apple’s move to get rid of the home button altogether with the iPhone X. Looks like they will be using an up-swipe to go back to the home screen. In the meantime, if you get sore thumbs, I’d suggest trying this trick.

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Sep 18

I just went to sync my iPhone and I was given this message. This ‘lack of space’ is not a lack of space in your computer, the ‘lack of space’ is on the iPhone. This is somewhat of a bug. I think it is because iTunes is wanting to do some updates to the iPhone and there’s not enough room on the iPhone for this to happen. Whatever the cause, the solution is quite easy. Just uninstall some stuff from your iPhone (e.g. movies, music or photos), sync it, then put the stuff back on. Here’s how.

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Aug 24

The home button is the button on the bottom of your iPhone that takes you back to the home screen. It requires a hard press to make it ‘click’. You can turn on a ‘soft’ equivalent button that appears on your screen. I can think of 3 reasons that you might want a ‘soft’ home button on your iPhone home screen:

  1. The home button on your iPad or iPhone has broken. (This is a common problem).
  2. You get sore thumbs from pressing the iPhone home button.
  3. You have switched from Android and prefer a ‘soft’ home button.

Here’s how to turn on a ‘soft’ home button on your screen.

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Aug 03

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An update on my Android vs iPhone experiment. At the start of this year I purchased a Google Pixel phone for review and I ended up keeping it because it was so good. So how am I feeling about it 6 months later? The novelty of the Google phone is wearing off but I still prefer it over the iPhone – just. I have however switched back to the iPhone simply because it’s easier to stay in the one ecosystem. It was educational to use an Android phone for 6 months.

In the end it doesn’t come down to hardware features like camera resolution or processor speed. It seems to be the small details that swing me one way or the other. Turning silent mode on and off. Getting back to the home screen easily. Copying a text. Changing a setting. The feel of typing. Apple and Google would do well to learn some lessons from each other in these areas instead of trying to outcompete in the larger areas.

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