A number of users have taken to social media and Apple Developer Forums to report that they are experiencing particularly poor battery life with iOS 14.2 installed on their devices.
While some people report that they are experiencing excessive battery drain, others are also reporting that their devices are taking longer than they should to charge, suggesting that something is drawing power almost as quickly as it’s being provided by the charger.
As noted by MacRumors, the devices that seem to be on the older side, including the original iPhone SE and iPhone XS. Others are using the 2018 iPad Pro, according to reports.
The affected iPhones all appear to be slightly older, such as the iPhone XS, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, and first-generation iPhone SE. The 2018 iPad Pro running iPadOS 14.2 also seems to be affected.
Apple is currently testing iOS 14.3 with developers and it isn’t yet clear whether that update fixes any battery-related issues for those who are impacted by this. We expect iOS 14.3 to be made available to the public before Christmas, likely alongside the arrival of Apple Fitness+.
Hopefully those affected by poor battery life won’t have too much longer to go before they can check whether the iOS 14.3 release rectifies things.
Anyone who hasn’t yet updated to iOS 14.2 might be best served by holding off updating for now – especially if they’re running an older iPhone or iPad.
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