Enterprise Mobility: Apple iPhone 4S Could Be Next in Line of Apple Device Issues

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Print this article Print
Apple iPhone 4S Battery Issues

Apple iPhone 4S Battery Issues

According to online reports and several irate commenters on Apples discussion threads, a subset of iPhone 4S units are experiencing significant battery drain in a relatively short period of time: 15 to 20 percent an hour, in some cases.
Apple's mobile devices have consistently proven worldwide blockbusters. Whether the succeeding iterations of the iPhone, with increasingly advanced hardware and software, or the iPad dominating the tablet space, every new release seems to spark a customer rush for the nearest electronics store. However, despite their elegant design and top-notch software engineering, these Apple products sometimes run into issues. With the iPhone 4, some users complained of dropped calls whenever their bare skin touched the device's exterior antenna rim; Apple eventually compensated with a giveaway of free rubber bumpers that covered that rim. With the iMac, reported issues with yellowed or flickering screens also drove Apple to a public response. Nor do these issues stop at hardware. Apple famously wrestled with the rollout of its MobileMe service, which was meant to sync users' online data. At one point, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs ushered the MobileMe team into the company's auditorium for a dressing-down, climaxing with him dismissing the head of the team. Although Jobs is deceased, and former COO Tim Cook now holds the company's reins, Apple will almost certainly continue its stringency with regard to its product lines. It remains to be seen, though, how it will respond to user reports that the iPhone 4S, the latest device in the iPhone line, is experiencing some battery issues.??í
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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