iOS 17.2.1 is here, adding bug fixes and stability improvements to your iPhone. While the small update contains few new features for the iPhone, the release notes in some regions hint at a much bigger improvement: a fix for battery drain.
If you go to settings to install the latest software update, you will see release notes stating: « This update provides important bug fixes and is recommended for all users. »
However, the same release notes in some countries like Japan contain additional information about the iPhone battery when translated to English: « This update includes important bug fixes and resolves an issue where the battery may drain quickly under certain conditions. »
Originally spotted by Brandon Butch on X with the Japanese release notes, more and more iPhone users have spoken out on the issue. One user even found similar text for the Chinese release notes, also alluding to battery improvements in the new software update.
Here’s an interesting note about iOS 17.2.1 🤨🔋The Japanese release notes mention a fix for battery drain: « This update resolves an issue where the battery may drain quickly under certain conditions. » Meanwhile, the English release notes do not mention it. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/lQ192SEJp6December 19, 2023
More than just minor bug fixes?
Although we have not been able to confirm exactly what the unspecified bug fixes in the English release notes refer to, it is very interesting to see such a disparity in the same text across multiple languages.
iOS 17.2 was released earlier in December, and some users on Apple forums had reported increased battery drain compared to previous software versions. Hopefully, the release notes mentioning a battery drainage fix are correct, and we will see improvements to the iPhone battery with this latest update.
As a user of the iPhone 15 Pro Max myself, I have not noticed any increased battery drain on iOS 17.2. With the release of iOS 17.2.1, we will be sure to test and verify the improvements to see if the indications of battery improvement are indeed accurate or not.
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