Apple, ‘old’ iPhones 6s, and poor battery life

Arguments about Apple’s lousy iPhone batteries* have got lost in a black hole where technology writing, the blogosphere and applefanboy-ery ‘overlap’.

*not a rhetorical statement: I have a dud battery, officially confirmed by a Genius.

If you have (and still use) an iPhone 6/6s/6Plus you’ll know them as once impressive phones that are now increasingly unreliable and erratic. Lots of people are in denial about this Continue reading “Apple, ‘old’ iPhones 6s, and poor battery life”

Baby it’s cold outside (aka it’s that time of year when iPhone 6 batteries stop working)

For me the sign that autumn is over is when evening temperatures have dropped to the point where my phone battery suddenly dies on the walk home.

I do wonder what the operating window for iPhone 6 batteries actually is*. You can see support threads complaining that the phones don’t work in -5C – which is amazing as my battery life collapses when temperatures drop below 10C…

*Apparently 0C to 35C. 

Moving your Sonos isn’t quite as easy as you’d expect… (or Sonos vs. corporate WiFi)

Sonos sells itself on not just its sound quality but also on its ease of use. It’s lack of integration with Apple products is a serious weakness when you come to play music, but I found out the hard way that even once you’ve got it set up it’s not quite as flexible as you might think. Continue reading “Moving your Sonos isn’t quite as easy as you’d expect… (or Sonos vs. corporate WiFi)”

Oh, iOS11, what have you done to my battery?

Do you remember the update in iOS 10.2.1 that sort-of-kinda-maybe helped with battery problems with iPhone 6s? (10.2.1 added software that monitored the battery and tried to catch situations where the power fluctuated and caused sudden unexpected shutdowns.)

iOS11 has (effectively) removed it. Thanks Apple.

Suffering from unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns?

Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has reduced unexpected iPhone 6s shutdown issues by 80%

If, like me, you’re in the unlucky 20% who find the upgrade to iOS 10.2.1 doesn’t really help., this just means your phone will randomly die less often. The two things that tend to lead to random iPhone deaths are cold weather and listening to Apple Music.

The real solution? Carry along a spare battery back. I’d recommend the Omaker portable charger, but they don’t seem to be available any more.

Suffering from unexpected iPhone 6s shutdowns?

Apple says iOS 10.2.1 has reduced unexpected iPhone 6s shutdown issues by 80%

If, like me, you’re in the unlucky 20% who find the upgrade to iOS 10.2.1 doesn’t really help., this just means your phone will randomly die less often. The two things that tend to lead to random iPhone deaths are cold weather and listening to Apple Music.

The real solution? Carry along a spare battery back. I’d recommend the Omaker portable charger, but they don’t seem to be available any more.