Apple Confirms a Common iPhone User Habit that Causes Battery Drain
We’ve all done it – swiping up on our iPhone screens to close out of numerous apps in an effort to save battery life. But does this actually work or is it just a myth? According to Apple, it’s a misconception.
Despite the ability to easily switch between open apps, Apple explains that apps running in the background aren’t actively draining the battery. When recently used apps appear in the multitasking view, they are actually in a standby mode, ready to assist with navigation and multitasking. These apps are not actively in use or taking up system resources.
Apple clarifies that force-closing apps should only be done if they become unresponsive. Otherwise, constantly closing apps can have a detrimental effect on battery life. In fact, it may take longer to switch between apps if they have been force-quitted rather than simply left in the background.
Gadget-focused journalist John Gruber supports Apple’s claim, stating that apps in the background are effectively “frozen” and only consume minimal CPU and energy when unfrozen. Force quitting an app uses more CPU and energy, ultimately harming battery life.
This revelation from Apple comes amidst a series of issues with the latest iPhone models. The iPhone 15 has been reported to overheat and experience screen burn-in problems. Additionally, the iOS17 system update has caused device rebooting for some users.
In conclusion, keeping apps open in the background does not significantly drain battery life on iPhones. Apple recommends only force-quitting apps when they are unresponsive. So, no need to spend time swiping away apps – scroll away to your heart’s content.