Over the past couple of iPhone
versions users have complained of “unexpected” shutdowns of their devices. Some iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus devices could basically go dark unexpectedly, forcing a user to have to plug them into an outlet to get them to power back on.
Apple has been working on this very annoying bug and it says it has come up with a fix of sorts that should mitigate the problem on a majority of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices. The fix is actually already on your iPhone if you have installed iOS 10.2.1 something that around 50 percent of iOS users have already done.
As reported by TechCrunch
, iOS 10.2.1, released in late January, has led to an 80 percent reduction of unexpected shutdowns on the iPhone 6S, and a 70 percent reduction on the iPhone 6. The report says that older batteries found in devices like the 6 and 6S were experiencing sudden spikes in activity, which caused an emergency shutdown. This is why newer batteries on iPhone 7 devices were not affected.
With iOS 10.2.1, Apple made improvements to reduce occurrences of unexpected shutdowns that a small number of users were experiencing with their iPhone. iOS 10.2.1 already has over 50% of active iOS devices upgraded and the diagnostic data we’ve received from upgraders shows that for this small percentage of users experiencing the issue, we’re seeing a more than 80% reduction in iPhone 6s and over 70% reduction on iPhone 6 of devices unexpectedly shutting down.
We also added the ability for the phone to restart without needing to connect to power, if a user still encounters an unexpected shutdown. It is important to note that these unexpected shutdowns are not a safety issue, but we understand it can be an inconvenience and wanted to fix the issue as quickly as possible. If a customer has any issues with their device they can contact AppleCare.
Alongside the fix, the new update should also bring an alert that lets you know if your phone battery needs to be replaced. When your phone battery is deemed too old, you should now receive a notification in your settings that prompts you to take the device for service. Apple
shared that about 50 percent of users have already updated to the latest version of iOS 10, so if you haven’t, now’s a pretty good time to do so.