Sep 2, 2008

Apple guide lines to improve iPhone 3G battery life

Of course, every device will have some battery issues, this is not a new subject, after all we have been dealing with this same situation with laptops for years now. However battery life, or the lack off has really touched a nerve with iPhone and iPhone 3G owners recently.

Personally my battery life is not what I had hoped for, but I seem to not be following any of the battery saving tricks that Apple has given out. As a whole this does strike me as a little funny though, Apple has stated that;

“Depending on how they are configured, a few features may decrease your iPhone battery life.”

Well of course, that makes sense, its simple the more you use something the more you will drain the battery, however their suggestions seem to say that in order to get the maximum battery life from your iPhone, then you should turn off all services and just use it as an iPod.

Here is a nice list of twelve battery saving ideas, courtesy of Apple:

* Turn off 3G
* Minimize use of location services
* Fetch new data less frequently
* Turn off push mail
* Auto-check fewer email accounts
* Minimize use of third-party applications
* Turn off Wi-Fi
* Turn off Bluetooth
* Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas
* Adjust brightness
* Turn off EQ
* Lock Your iPhone

To offer a little more serious look at this though, some of these really do make sense, after all as we have found lots of us who own an iPhone 3G do not live in a 3G coverage area, that makes perfect sense to turn off.

The same goes for Bluetooth, as nice as I think it is, and as much as more people should use it, especially when driving, its something that goes unused quite a bit.

The item that I have issue with is turning off the location services, because after all that is one of the main features, but I suppose its not hard to switch that back on in the settings when I need to, because after all I am not using Google Maps on a regular basis.

Some additional advice, this time to preserve the overall battery life is to make “sure to go through at least one charge cycle per month,” which judging how quickly and easily it is to drain the battery should not be hard.

So how does everyone feel about their 3G enabled and GPS equipped iPhone now that you have to constantly turn these features on and off just to be able to make it through a day of use? Source...

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