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Apple launched its iOS 14.2 a month ago across phones from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 6S. Despite the features that came with it and the expectations of consumers, the upgrade may not have gone as smoothly as we had hoped it would. A lot of users have made reports of battery drain problems since the update.
Most iPhone users with the iOS 14.2 upgrade have been complaining of losing battery charge much more quickly than before. This issue was noted by MacRumors, posts on a Reddit thread and complaints on the Apple developer forum. Most users also complained about slow charging since the upgrade.
From all indications, the problem affecting almost all iPhones out there does not seem to be a bug. There have also been reports of the iPhone 12 Pro Max suffering from the same problem too. Although older models like the iPhone 11 and iPhone X seem to be affected more.
There has been no official statement yet from Apple about this problem. So, we are yet to know if it is a bug problem or something else entirely. However, it is difficult for now to know how widespread the problem is. If a software fix will resolve the problem, experience suggests that apple will push out an update as quick as possible to every user affected.
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IOS 14.2 Heavy Battery drain
An iPhone 11 user reports having to recharge his phone in the middle of the day after the update. Whereas it previously ended the day with around 40% charge. Other users also complained about their iPhones getting hot (a sign of an overworked processor) even when doing simple tasks like web browsing.
Suggestions in the online discussions concerning what might be the cause of this problem range from the home screen widgets to Covid-19 tracing apps. Despite all this suggestion, the iOS 14.2 battery problem may just be the iOS 14.2 update itself being faulty and nothing else.
Although most of the iOS 14.2 battery problem reported are from iPhones, some iPads are also affected by the iPadOS 14.2 update as well. One message mentioned a 2018 iPad Pro suffering from the same battery drain problem even when on plane mode.
This is not the first time that an iOS 14 release has left iPhone owners complaining about battery life. When the software was first pushed out, some users with both an iPhone and an Apple Watch complained about battery life issues. The official fix on that occasion was to reset both devices.