iOS 11 is already causing massive problems for people who've upgraded
As a general rule of thumb, I think it's a good idea to hold off on being the first to upgrade to a new device or software. Thanks to the finicky and fickle world of electronic programming as well as the fevered frothing of fans, anything new on the tech side is liable to being buggy and broken out of the gate.
Did you get an Xbox 360 within the first couple years of its release? You've probably suffered at the hands of the Red Ring of Death; a ton of the consoles suffered a catastrophic failure of the hardware inside, rendering the expensive consoles unusable until Microsoft finally fixed the issue, many years later.
That's an extreme example of just one of the many times that brand-new tech has proven unreliable, and another instance of that has cropped up with the recent iOS update. Released in conjunction with the latest line of iPhones expected later this year, iOS11 is expected to once again raise the game when it comes to mobile software.
Many people will have excitedly downloaded the new operating system after its release last week, but this latest iPhone update has come with more than its fair share of teething problems. At the WWDC showcase event, we got to see iOS 11 in something approaching full flow, but it turns out it's taking a lot out of our current handsets.
When it comes to iPhone users, there are many clear upsides to jumping on the Apple bandwagon, but one thing that's consistently plagued the set of mobile devices since their launch a decade ago is the tendency for the battery to drain worryingly quickly. Now, the security firm Wandera have collected significant data that says the age-old issue has reared its ugly head in iOS11.
Gathering data from around 50,000 heavy iPhone and iPad users, Wandera found that 240 minutes (four hours) of continuous use was enough to completely exhaust the battery of your average device on iOS10. On iOS11, however, that number plummeted to 96 minutes, (a little over an hour and a half). That's a decrease of around 60 per cent.
In their report, Wandera lamented a "common iOS problem", saying the increased drain could be down to the flashy new features included in iOS11.
"Battery drain is a common iOS problem that usually pops up immediately after a major iOS upgrade release. This is partly due to Spotlight re-indexing and other behind the scenes shuffling. New functionality in iOS 11 could also be responsible for draining the life out of your phone. Animoji and iPhone X's Face ID hardware use face-scanning technology relying heavily on the camera which is a notorious battery sucker."
So if you're having a couple of problems keeping your phone functional for more than a few times on iOS11, the good news is you're not alone. The bad news is that you're probably going to have to make do until the next update, or find a way to downgrade your phone back to iOS10. Detailed instructions on how to do that can be found here.