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Apple fixes iOS battery drain issue with 15.4.1 update

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Apple has released iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1, an update that fixes some accessibility bugs, improves security, and fixes a bug that plagued some people’s phones and iPads after they updated to iOS 15.4.

It’s unclear how widespread the problem was (no one on The roadside‘s staff reported notable battery problems), but earlier this month, the Apple Support Twitter Account told customers complaining about battery drain that it was “normal for your apps and features to adjust for up to 48 hours after an update”. Still, more than two weeks after the update was released, it’s not hard to find recent posts report bad battery life. But hopefully the update will fix that – iOS 15.4 brings the really handy update to being able to use Face ID while wearing a mask, so it would be a shame if people didn’t update for fear of battery problems.

Even if your battery has been fine, it may still be worth updating fairly quickly. Apple says that iOS 15.4.1 (and macOS Monterey 12.3.1, also released today) contain security fixes for issues that Apple says could have been exploited in the wild. Unfortunately, these kinds of warnings have become quite routine in Apple’s security bulletins – while delaying updates indefinitely has never been a good idea, it seems more important than ever to make sure your devices are running the latest version of their operating system.

To update your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. To update your Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update.

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