​Facebook: We sucked your iPhone battery dry

23 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook admits app drains users’ iPhone batteries, issues update.

From last week, users of the Facebook app on iPhone noticed that it seemed to be drawing more power from the battery than it should have been. Facebook’s apps have been known to drain battery life, but last week iPhone users were reporting that their batteries were being drained faster than usual. Facebook’s Ari Grant in his post acknowledged the issue and explained that the latest Version 42.0 has some improvements that takes care of the ‘CPU spin’ in the network code, which he explains is like a child in a car asking constantly “Are we there yet” – a repeated processing that unnecessarily soaks up more battery. The battery issues didn’t seem to be resolved by any of the normal fixes. iPhones allow users to turn off background updating and force quit apps, so that they shouldn’t be able to do anything, but the app continued to put a huge drain on phones and work in the background.

This is similar to when you close a music app and want to keep listening to the music while you do other things, except in this case it was unintentional and nothing kept playing.

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