iPhone 3GS battery issue [daily bug]

Starting a new series under my ‘technology’ category: the daily bug. At least lately it seems that there has been some major bug in some device or service emerging about every day.

Today’s bug: the iPhone 3GS ‘battery issue’. What happens is that a fully charged iPhone goes fine until c. 70-80 % of battery, then suddenly it jumps down to c. 20 %, and then goes fast down from that, 15 %, 10 % … and soon it will switch itself off, and is not able to wake up any more. But: if you plug it in, it takes a few seconds for it to “find itself” again, and suddenly, the battery meter is back at 80 % level again!

I think this issue started appearing after the recent 3.1.3 firmware fix that Apple pushed to iPhone users — which was actually advertised to “fix iPhone battery issue”! Did the opposite to me… There are some reports of similar experiences in the net (see e.g. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-10449664-233.html & http://nexus404.com/Blog/2010/02/10/iphone-3-1-3-firmware-issues-widely-reported-iphone-battery-life-issues-itunes-playlist-syncing-problems-–-are-you-affected/ among others.

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the University of Tampere, Finland.

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