[macvoiceover] iPhone battery with VO?

  • From: Laura <laura.mcg@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 13:21:27 +0000


I've written to accessibility about this, but I thought it might be worth 
checking here, too. Can I ask those of you using voiceover on your iPhones what 
the battery life is like? Specifically, what's it like when the phone is just 
on standby? I had my first iPhone replaced yesterday, after 2 weeks of using 
it, because I was finding that the battery charge dropped pretty substantially 
while I was doing absolutely nothing with it--it would often drop between 20 
and 30% over night, and when that happened, the usage and the standby times 
displayed in the settings menu were very, very similar.

The guy in the Apple store yesterday gave me a new one, thinking it might just 
be a fault, but the same thing happened last night. I've got wifi, bluetooth 
and location services turned off, and the screen curtain turned on. I switched 
3G off for a while with the first phone, but that didn't help, so I just keep 
it on now. I spoke to someone in Apple tech support this morning, and he's sure 
it's voiceover, that just having it activated will significantly drain the 
battery, whether or not the phone is in use. I'm not thrilled with that, but 
I'll deal with it if it's true, but it just doesn't seem right to me. Turning 
VO off doesn't stop the usage figure from rising in parallel with the standby 
one, and with Voiceover on, if I power off the phone and switch it back on, 
I'll get a certain amount of time where the usage figure stays stable while I'm 
not using it, and then it inexplicably starts going up again. Neither of these 
things seems consistent with VO being the problem, at least to me. If many of 
you report the same thing, though, then it probably is.


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