Facebook’s iOS Battery Drain Resolved?
If you are an iPhone owner who uses Facebook I recommend applying the latest iOS Facebook app update as soon as possible. This is because you will probably find that the battery life of your device improves after the update. After ongoing complaints about iPhone battery drain, Facebook reported last week that it has released a new version of its app that resolves two key issues leading to the problem.
Apparently, iPhones with the app were prone to experiencing CPU spin, according to Facebook engineering manager Ari Grant. “A CPU spin is like a child in a car asking, ‘Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?’ with the question not resulting in any progress to reaching the destination,” he explained in an update on his Facebook page.
The other culprit behind fast-draining iPhone batteries was Facebook’s approach to managing audio sessions, Grant said. Even when users left the Facebook app after watching a video, the audio session sometimes stayed open as if the app was playing audio silently.
“This is similar to when you close a music app and want to keep listening to the music while you do other things, except in this case it was unintentional and nothing kept playing,” Grant noted. “The app isn’t actually doing anything while awake in the background, but it does use more battery simply by being awake. Our fixes will solve this audio issue and remove background audio completely.”
The description of the updated app on the Apple App Store mentioned that “continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life,” but Grant noted in his post that the location history feature didn’t have anything to do with the battery draining issue many iPhone users have been experiencing.
So there you go, if you use Facebook on your iPhone make sure you go to the app store and update the app. Your battery will thank you!