Launched in early November, iOS 14.2 for example, brought in new emojis and some features to the iPhone 12 series. But there are users complaining about problems: in forums and in RedditThere have been numerous reports of iPhone draining battery power rapidly after upgrading to that version.
Based on MacRumorsThe problem seems to affect older models in the line. For example, there are reports regarding iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR. There are also reports regarding iPad Pro (2018) running iPadOS 14.2.
Charging the battery quickly can be due to a number of reasons. The problem is often caused by wear and tear or damage to the component itself. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case here. Reports have grown in abundance shortly after the update to iOS 14.2 was released.
In Apple Developers ForumOne user reported three weeks ago that he noticed that his iPhone 7 Plus’s battery started to drain after upgrading to that version. Then, other users reported similar issues with iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and even iPhone 11.
Some users have also reported other odd battery-related behaviors, such as increasing the temperature of the iPhone while browsing Safari and “freezing” when certain features are activated, such as Touch ID.
Two weeks after the release of iOS 14.2, Apple released iOS 14.2.1 to fix a number of bugs, including a flaw that prevented the iPhone 12 Mini’s screen from responding to touch. However, the update did not clearly fix the battery issue.
Therefore, the recommendation for those who have not updated iPhone to iOS 14.2 is to wait for the next version. IOS 14.3 is already in beta (as is iPadOS 14.3). While so far Apple has yet to recognize a possible battery related bug, but expect the update to bring some sort of solution.
For those who have already done an update and are having problems, workarounds, now is to try the mitigation solutions. Deactivating widgets and checking if there are apps that consume a lot of resources is a good start.