Yesterday Apple rolled out updates for iOS. iOS 4.3.2 seems to have improved the reporting of battery life on my iPad 2. I won’t say it has improved the battery life itself, but it has at least changed how the battery life icon reports battery life.
Here’s the deal, I noticed last night things were a bit different but didn’t have time to check it out. This morning I went through my normal morning drill with the iPad 2. As far as testing goes my morning routine is about as regular as it gets. I unplugged it from its overnight charging and headed downstairs for my chair. Got my coffee and started checking out my feeds and the news. Prior to the update, this drill on the iPad 2 (which usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes or so) I’d see the battery life indicator drop about 4%. After 45 minutes or so I’d see it drop about 9%. This morning after the first 15 minutes it had only dropped 2% and after about 45 minutes I was still on that 2% drop.
This comes after I noticed a very quick drop in the first 10% with the new iPad 2 after first starting to use it. I thought I’d solved that issue with the tweaks in this post and indeed they did improve battery life. But this is a much more dramatic change. Again, it may be an improvement in actual battery life, or it may just be a change in how the meter is reporting it.
Well see as time goes on.