Coming in 2008: iPhone battery rot?

Just picked up Patrick and turns out his iPhone is only lasting a few hours now in standby mode without doing anything on it!

So, it’s going into the shop tomorrow. Damn, we sure have a lot of problems with Apple stuff. On the other hand, Dave Winer’s Mac just died and he thinks that only means one thing: a new Mac is coming soon. Well we already KNOW a new iPhone is coming soon, so maybe Dave has a point? Me? Now I know why I keep my Nokia around.

Anyone else having problems with iPhone battery life?

67 thoughts on “Coming in 2008: iPhone battery rot?

  1. MY I PHONE WILL NOT TURN ON AT ALL. BATTERY APPEARS TO BE CHARGED. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A BATTERY PROBLEM?

  2. MY I PHONE WILL NOT TURN ON AT ALL. BATTERY APPEARS TO BE CHARGED. DOES THIS SOUND LIKE A BATTERY PROBLEM?

  3. My started about a week ago. I unplug it after a night of charging and it has a full charge on it. I set it down for 3 or 4 hours (haven’t opened or closed any apps) and the battery is at 10% and the phone won’t do anything. Resetting has not helped either. Loved my 1st I phone, but this 3g has been horrible! Crashes, battery problems and no luck with tech support.

    Can anyone help….

  4. My started about a week ago. I unplug it after a night of charging and it has a full charge on it. I set it down for 3 or 4 hours (haven’t opened or closed any apps) and the battery is at 10% and the phone won’t do anything. Resetting has not helped either. Loved my 1st I phone, but this 3g has been horrible! Crashes, battery problems and no luck with tech support.

    Can anyone help….

  5. Got an iphone 3g 2 weeks ago. Was working fine til yesterday. Battery dies less than 1 hour after charge and Im not even doing anything on it. I take the train to work, had a full charge before I board the train, didn’t use it on the train, I get off the train 30 minutes later and the charge is on low (red 10%). I recharged at work and it copped out again after minimal usage. It has been like that for the last two days. I called the Apple store about it and a “Genius” told me to come in and replicate the problem… Am I supposed to charge it then stand there with him for 30 minutes to an hour waiting for it to die? Anyways, gonna go to the store the weekend, hope there is a fix bc this is one fun product. Will keep you all updated if you wish…

  6. Got an iphone 3g 2 weeks ago. Was working fine til yesterday. Battery dies less than 1 hour after charge and Im not even doing anything on it. I take the train to work, had a full charge before I board the train, didn’t use it on the train, I get off the train 30 minutes later and the charge is on low (red 10%). I recharged at work and it copped out again after minimal usage. It has been like that for the last two days. I called the Apple store about it and a “Genius” told me to come in and replicate the problem… Am I supposed to charge it then stand there with him for 30 minutes to an hour waiting for it to die? Anyways, gonna go to the store the weekend, hope there is a fix bc this is one fun product. Will keep you all updated if you wish…

  7. iPhone External Battery

    Around the time of MacWorld 2008, I heard that a company named FastMac was going to be selling an external battery for the iPhone. Since most afternoons I found my iPhone battery dropping below 20%, this sounded like the perfect solution for me.

    After visiting the FastMac site and reading “FastMac gives you more power for less money than any other company. And we stand behind our products 100%. With our one to three year warranties and our excellent customer support, we’re committed to giving you the best value and service you can’t find anywhere else.” On the strength of that statement, on 12 February I placed my order for a $79.95 iV Battery Charger for iPhone ($94.30 with tax & shipping).

    On 13 February my order status changed from new to processing and on 3 March the status changed to backordered. Later in March, I spoke to a FastMac representative on the phone who explained that they were having quality problems with the product and a redesign for compatibility with the 3G phone, but expected these issues to be resolved shortly.

    On 1 April I received an email that said Pre-orders will begin shipping in mid May. Then on 7 May I received an email that said It looks like the IV will be shipping by the end of the month. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

    May and June came and went with no further contact from FastMac so I revisited the FastMac web site which now said Pre-order now! Shipping in limited quantities on June 10, in volume by July 10 Note: Our 1st run is sold out, additional units are expected by July 10th. Hmm. That seemed suspicious. Were there really that many people that placed orders before me?

    On July 14th I received an email that said Your IV will be shipping in approx. 10 days. Please contact me if you have further questions. Then on July 18th I received another email that said Your FastMac TruePower iV iPhone battery backup will ship out within one week – that is just seven days. Within that time, please look in your email for a shipping confirmation and we went ahead and upgraded your shipping to priority!

    Well I never received a shipping confirmation, but on 22 July I noted that my credit card was billed. I considered that a good sign. Certainly a company like FastMac wouldn’t bill the credit card company for merchandise they hadn’t shipped, or would they?

    On 26 July I tried calling the FastMac customer support number but it was a Saturday and there was no answer. I then tried sending an email to three email addresses I had for FastMac contacts, and all three messages bounced back.

    On Monday, 28 July at 10 AM I spoke on the phone to a FastMac representative who said Oh yes, we have the batteries in hand, are in the process of boxing them up and they should go out no later than Thursday

    By now I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but come Friday 1 August I still had heard nothing so at 9:52 AM I sent FastMac a message simply stating Please advise order status and provide tracking number At 12:39 I received a reply from FastMac stating We are in the process of shipping units out. I was not able to find your invoice to provide you with details. Do you have the invoice number? The f…ing subject line of the email included the invoice number, but I replied anyway with the order number, billing date and every other detail I thought they might need. This was the last time I heard from FastMac.

    By comparison, I found an iPhone battery at http://www.richardsolo.com, placed my order on 30 July, it was shipped on 31 July and delivered to my home on 2 August.

  8. iPhone External Battery

    Around the time of MacWorld 2008, I heard that a company named FastMac was going to be selling an external battery for the iPhone. Since most afternoons I found my iPhone battery dropping below 20%, this sounded like the perfect solution for me.

    After visiting the FastMac site and reading “FastMac gives you more power for less money than any other company. And we stand behind our products 100%. With our one to three year warranties and our excellent customer support, we’re committed to giving you the best value and service you can’t find anywhere else.” On the strength of that statement, on 12 February I placed my order for a $79.95 iV Battery Charger for iPhone ($94.30 with tax & shipping).

    On 13 February my order status changed from new to processing and on 3 March the status changed to backordered. Later in March, I spoke to a FastMac representative on the phone who explained that they were having quality problems with the product and a redesign for compatibility with the 3G phone, but expected these issues to be resolved shortly.

    On 1 April I received an email that said Pre-orders will begin shipping in mid May. Then on 7 May I received an email that said It looks like the IV will be shipping by the end of the month. I’m very sorry for the inconvenience.

    May and June came and went with no further contact from FastMac so I revisited the FastMac web site which now said Pre-order now! Shipping in limited quantities on June 10, in volume by July 10 Note: Our 1st run is sold out, additional units are expected by July 10th. Hmm. That seemed suspicious. Were there really that many people that placed orders before me?

    On July 14th I received an email that said Your IV will be shipping in approx. 10 days. Please contact me if you have further questions. Then on July 18th I received another email that said Your FastMac TruePower iV iPhone battery backup will ship out within one week – that is just seven days. Within that time, please look in your email for a shipping confirmation and we went ahead and upgraded your shipping to priority!

    Well I never received a shipping confirmation, but on 22 July I noted that my credit card was billed. I considered that a good sign. Certainly a company like FastMac wouldn’t bill the credit card company for merchandise they hadn’t shipped, or would they?

    On 26 July I tried calling the FastMac customer support number but it was a Saturday and there was no answer. I then tried sending an email to three email addresses I had for FastMac contacts, and all three messages bounced back.

    On Monday, 28 July at 10 AM I spoke on the phone to a FastMac representative who said Oh yes, we have the batteries in hand, are in the process of boxing them up and they should go out no later than Thursday

    By now I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but come Friday 1 August I still had heard nothing so at 9:52 AM I sent FastMac a message simply stating Please advise order status and provide tracking number At 12:39 I received a reply from FastMac stating We are in the process of shipping units out. I was not able to find your invoice to provide you with details. Do you have the invoice number? The f…ing subject line of the email included the invoice number, but I replied anyway with the order number, billing date and every other detail I thought they might need. This was the last time I heard from FastMac.

    By comparison, I found an iPhone battery at http://www.richardsolo.com, placed my order on 30 July, it was shipped on 31 July and delivered to my home on 2 August.

  9. the 1st gen apple iphone has lots of disadvantages..
    i’m from philippines and it was not available yet here..and if it would be available in asia,they should have improve it.and since it is called the JesusPhone,it should exceed all the existing phones..

    1. improve more on the battery life(much better if it could be changeable,like the other phones)

    2. increase the camera megapixels(must exceed any other phones if it is called as the Jesusphone)

    3. should be 3G or more..

    …i think these are the most common problems that people may think before buying the iphone..

    china iphones are already out..and they’re good too excpt for the memory..it almost exceeds the apple’s iphone..

    BUT Apple iPhone will be GREAT SOON!!

  10. the 1st gen apple iphone has lots of disadvantages..
    i’m from philippines and it was not available yet here..and if it would be available in asia,they should have improve it.and since it is called the JesusPhone,it should exceed all the existing phones..

    1. improve more on the battery life(much better if it could be changeable,like the other phones)

    2. increase the camera megapixels(must exceed any other phones if it is called as the Jesusphone)

    3. should be 3G or more..

    …i think these are the most common problems that people may think before buying the iphone..

    china iphones are already out..and they’re good too excpt for the memory..it almost exceeds the apple’s iphone..

    BUT Apple iPhone will be GREAT SOON!!

  11. Mine (which I bought this summer) was doing ok, but today both of my chargers are ceasing to work. The “battery charging” symbol turns on but then it changes to the “plug” symbol and no charge — neither with the computer cable nor with the wall charger.

    Anyone else encountered this problem?

    Argh!

  12. Mine (which I bought this summer) was doing ok, but today both of my chargers are ceasing to work. The “battery charging” symbol turns on but then it changes to the “plug” symbol and no charge — neither with the computer cable nor with the wall charger.

    Anyone else encountered this problem?

    Argh!

  13. My partner and I have had our iPhones since the Friday after the release day. Neither of us is having battery problems. I charge mine most nights, but I do a lot of edge surfing and typically 1-2 hours of iPod listening every day, along with the occasional phone call and playing games like iSolitaire. My partner charges his phone every 3 or 4 nights but does relatively little with his during the day.

    We both leave the wifi and bluetooth off except when we’re actually using them. I found that the worst offender on battery life was allowing the iPhone to tell me when it had found new hotspots so I almost never use that feature…again, unless I need it.

    We both follow rechargable best practices and try to do a full-drain-and-charge roughly once a month. The biggest problem I have is actually waiting for my phone to shut down when the battery dies; I usually let it play some video while the wifi is turned on to help it along.

  14. My partner and I have had our iPhones since the Friday after the release day. Neither of us is having battery problems. I charge mine most nights, but I do a lot of edge surfing and typically 1-2 hours of iPod listening every day, along with the occasional phone call and playing games like iSolitaire. My partner charges his phone every 3 or 4 nights but does relatively little with his during the day.

    We both leave the wifi and bluetooth off except when we’re actually using them. I found that the worst offender on battery life was allowing the iPhone to tell me when it had found new hotspots so I almost never use that feature…again, unless I need it.

    We both follow rechargable best practices and try to do a full-drain-and-charge roughly once a month. The biggest problem I have is actually waiting for my phone to shut down when the battery dies; I usually let it play some video while the wifi is turned on to help it along.

  15. I’d like to know how many of those phones are jailbreaks. 3rd party apps can cause bad things to happen. Yea, that’s what I thought.
    Don’t blame Apple for poorly designed SW.

  16. I’d like to know how many of those phones are jailbreaks. 3rd party apps can cause bad things to happen. Yea, that’s what I thought.
    Don’t blame Apple for poorly designed SW.

  17. Robert,

    Do you know if Patrick has tried re-calibrating his iPhone’s battery (i.e. full charge followed by a full discharge)? I think it will help.

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