Leondra Head | Local & World Editor
Apple admits a bug in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that has been known to cause sudden shutdowns and inaccurate settings. Apple has confirmed that iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users have been reporting for months. In certain cases, the battery indicator on the phones are incorrect. Users on Apple’s community support forums have been reporting that their battery indicators have not been updating properly, occasionally leading the users phone to shut completely off when they thought the phone was completely charged.
The bug does not appear to affect the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, simply the way that it is displayed on users’ phones. Apple has taken a great deal of criticism for the battery life on the latest models, prompting the company to release its own battery case. According to Apple’s website, the problem seems to affect users who travel between time zones. When the time zone switches it prevents the battery indicator from updating properly. The bug also shows up when the time is changed manually on an iPhone or is moved to a different time zone. The company said that it is working on a fix but did not specify when users can expect the problem to stop
Many users have experienced their iPhone shutting down at 50% battery life. Students at Hampton University have also experienced Apple’s iPhone 6s bug. Hannah Ray, a sophomore biology, pre-med major from Decatur, Georgia says, “I experienced the bug yesterday when my phone was only at 40% before shutting down.” Ray goes on to say, “It’s inconsiderate of Apple to release a phone that frequently turns off.”
Julia Smith, a freshman psychology major from Atlanta says, “I have been an iPhone user for five years now and I am surprised to learn of the sudden bugs in Apple iPhones. I trust that Apple will fix the problem and I plan to continue to be an iPhone user in the future.”
Apple is aware of this issue and is investigating the cause and a solution, according to the company’s website. Until the bug is corrected through future software updates, users can visit Apple’s website to get step-by-step instructions for how to adjust their phones to accurately gauge if the battery is running out.
ABC iPhone experts suggests users purchase a backup battery to keep the phone charged frequently. Experts also say that backup batteries could be a solution to that problem. There are various name brands in all different sizes on the market, which can make the decision process difficult.