Friday, September 27, 2013
I'm Just Another Lamb
After the download and installation the first thing you notice is some new icon designs. Big deal. Next thing we noticed was that the bookmarks on our iPad had disappeared. Thanks, Apple. But I really only found out something was really wrong on Saturday when I went to a football game. When I left for the game at 1:30 the battery life on my phone was at 91%. During the game I sent one text to a friend about meeting at halftime, sent 4 texts with score updates to a friend out of state and looked up a couple of scores from other games. I noticed that by halftime my battery strength was down to 50%. In the 30% range at the end of the 3rd quarter and by the time I got in my car to head home at 7:15 it was at 3%. Just didn't seem right for a device that spent most of the day sitting in my pocket.
So when I got home I Googled "iOS7 battery life". What I found was a slew of forums with complaints from iPhone users and several web sites with helpful hints on how to extend battery life. It turns out that to improve battery life you need to turn off most of the new, gee whiz functions. I wasn't going to use them anyway, but the whole thing seems counter productive. We'll give you all these improved, unique, convenient functions, but the trade-off is that you have to charge your phone a couple times a day.
So in the end, all iOS7 did for me was lose my bookmarks and force me to spend time in Settings turning off all the crap I wasn't going to use anyway.
**Note: The Big Guy will explain why I'm wrong, but when I visit him soon I'll be monitoring his re-charging.