New features of the iPhone iOS 16 update come at a cost, draining users’ batteries

A bunch of new features have arrived for Apple users who have installed the latest iOS 16 update on their devices, but not all of them care about the impact it has had on their phones.

A customizable lock screen, iMessage updates, and stricter security measures are among some of the new features introduced in Apple’s latest update, which was released on September 13.

Users can now add widgets to their lock screen, edit already sent messages, translate text in photos and track their fitness goals without the need for an Apple Watch, among a number of other never-before-seen features.

It comes just days after the tech giant announced its new lineup of smart technology, including the new iPhone 14, Apple Watch and AirPods Pro models.

And while some love the modern and smart design of their smartphones, other users from around the world have noticed that the new update has cost their battery life.

The new iOS 16 features a customizable lock screen, iMessage updates, and tougher security measures.
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A Canadian Apple device owner warned on Twitter: “PSA: Don’t update your iPhone to iOS 16. Incorrect battery life.”

Another iPhone user from California tweeted: “This iOS 16 update has definitely made my battery struggle for its life.”

Meanwhile in Australia, Google searches for the phrase “iPhone battery life” have peaked in recent days, while the related query “iOS 16 battery drain” recorded a massive increase in searches with the search engine recording a breakthrough in results.

A third Apple fan tweeted, “iOS 16 is a great update but it’s brutally killing my iPhone’s battery life.”

While the sudden battery drain is a disappointment, Apple Support says it’s not all bad news while encouraging iPhone users to be patient.

“You may notice that in the first 72 hours after an update, battery life decreases as your device ends background activities and processes,” an Apple Support spokesperson told

“Then you will see the battery is level.”

In fact, charging drop appears to be completely normal after a software update, however it wasn’t noticeable in the past due to the low range of new software being installed.

The new update allows users to customize more of their iPhones.
Apple Support tweeted: “It’s normal for your apps and features to need to be modified up to 48 hours after an update.”
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Apple confirmed this back in March after a user encountered a similar issue with the iOS 15.4 update.

Apple Support tweeted: “It’s normal for your apps and features to need to be modified up to 48 hours after an update.”

For those Apple users who are still skeptical about updating their devices, a tech fanatic has confirmed that their battery performance has since returned to normal after installing the update.

“The first two to three days after the iOS 16 update, the battery life was bad. Then it settled down and is now pretty good.”

Meanwhile, another Apple device owner added: “Initially, every new iOS update affects battery life on most models except for newly released models.”

“Sometimes even new models but nothing to panic about anyway. In a week or two, a software update will start fixing it.”

Apple encourages its customers to visit the “Increase Battery Life and Life” tips and tricks on its website for more information on how to preserve battery life for all devices.

Some simple hacks include dimming the screen brightness, enabling Low Power Mode and clearing apps that are not required to run in the background.

iPhone users can also visit their Settings to see a detailed report on battery life and health.

“Battery life” is the amount of time your device runs before it needs to be recharged (while) “battery life” is the amount of time the battery lasts until you need to replace it,” Apple explained on its website.

“Make the most of both and you’ll get the most out of your Apple devices, no matter which ones you own.”

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