What to do when you drop your iPhone in the water

1. Swear.

Use your best words. But get it over with quickly – you’ve got work to do.

2. Dry your phone off.

That’s right, get a towel and dry it off ASAP. Is it dead? It probably isn’t.


3. Back it up.

That’s right. Don’t put your phone in a bag of rice or anything like that. While it’s still alive, you need to get your data off your phone as fast as possible.

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Apple’s $29 iPhone 6 battery replacements are NOT available today, or this year even.

The thing I’ve found most frustrating about Apple’s wee iPhone 6 battery problem is the blogosphere/applefanboy’s willingness to parrot the party line and not think critically.

Techcrunch said yesterday that replacement batteries were now available – however only in the US, and only if they’re in stock at Apple stores.

Which doesn’t help customers in the rest of the world very much. 

Apple’s tone-deaf iPhone 6 battery replacement announcement

When is a replacement programme not actually a replacement programme?

Following a fairly justified public/media backlash about how Apple handles/manages battery life on iPhone 6s, just after Christmas Apple allegedly ‘solved’ the problem with a ‘message to customers about iPhone batteries and performance‘ which ends with an offer to set up a programme to start replacing batteries at a more reasonable cost – starting at the end of January 2018. Continue reading “Apple’s tone-deaf iPhone 6 battery replacement announcement”

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. 

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.