Did a Reset to Get iPhone 4S Battery Life Back to Normal

File this under #firstworldproblems, but somehow in one of the latest iOS updates or new app installs, my battery life on the iPhone 4S started dropping insanely fast, easily 5-10% per hour even when unused.

I’ve been using a Mophie battery case since SXSW, so I almost didn’t notice the real problem, but decided yesterday to go hunting for a solution.

I found a thread on the Apple support forums, and was skeptical, but gave it a try:

1. Reset all settings (GO TO: settings -then> general-> reset all settings)

2 a. Go through initial setup steps (lang, wifi, siri, enable location, etc) and choose setup as new phone (don’t worry your apps, data, contacts, mail will still be there). Do NOT restore from iCloud or iTunes (It can copy back corrupt settings)

2 b. If you do not get the complete new setup screen with language setup and setup as new phone or restore from iTune/iCloud backup, be sure to go back to #1 and reset all settings again (it should happen the second time)

3. Turn off system location services timezone and iAd (settings -> location services -> system services)

4. Fully discharge battery (until you get the spinning wheel and it shuts off)

5. Fully recharge battery (overnight if possible)

And 48 hours later I’m happy to report that my battery life has never been better. It’s nearly midnight now, and I was on a few hours of calls today, and the battery is at 14%.

YMMV, but worth a try if you are seeing issues.

A few thoughts on Jobs from D5 and what I’m reading tonight …

I never spoke to Steve Jobs or had any of those famous emails threads with him.

The closest I got was standing just a few feet away from him at the AllThingsD D5 conference back in 2007. It was a group of us talking in the hallway and Steve just sort of walked by and starting chatting with someone nearby. I believe Brian Lam was right there as well, and was chatting with Steve. I recall sometime later that day, Brian telling me how amazing it was to hear that Steve read Gizmodo 3-4 times/day !

D is one of these conferences with top executives in the digital world, and it was instantly clear to me that Steve Jobs was in his own category. He was the only person who created a buzz when he walked through the hallway. He was the only person people would remark to me later in conversations that when they got to meet him, would have to call their wife/husband an instant later, to let them know. Simply put, it was a defining moment for people to even be in his presence.

At the joint interview session with Steve Jobs & Bill Gates — people packed the hall and it was one of the most amazing conversations I’ve ever seen on stage.

When Jobs remarked that “You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead” – I don’t think there was a dry eye in the audience.

By a strange coincidence, I was searching for some older photos last night, and stumbled on this one from that night in 2007 (taken by Adam Tow and captioned “Raanan is witness to the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates interview at D5.”):
Steve Jobs & Bill Gates @ D5

It’s been amazing reading all the coverage today, and there are some really interesting posts going up tonight that everyone should check out, including:

So a sad day for many of us, but very inspirational as well – just watch this:

On Installing OS X Lion — Living in the Future

Way back in October of 2007, I wrote on this blog a post titled Waiting for Mac OS X Leopard: Why no digital download option ?, in which I asked:

In today’s world of broadband and on-demand user behavior, why doesn’t apple offer a digital download option ?

Fast forward about 4 years and it’s a reality ! Sometimes it’s good to remind ourselves just how good things have gotten 😉

WordPress.com Now iPad Optimized

Super excited about our new launch of the Onswipe theme/plugin today.

Here is Matt’s food blog viewed from an iPad:

A few more details:

There are some fun options to play with too. If you browse to Appearance -> iPad in your Dashboard you can:

– Have the theme use an image from your recent posts as a cover.
– Upload a logo to showcase your brand or personality on the cover.
– Upload an image to be used as a loading graphic when visitors add your site to their home screen.
– Switch fonts.
– Choose from 9 different skin colors, to best match the feel of your site.
– Enable or disable the whole thing.

So fire up raanan.com on your iPad and let me know

Read more on the announcement post on WordPress.com.

My 2009 Product Wish List

My short list of product/service improvements I’d love to see in 2009:

1) The first is a simple one which I really thought was possible.  The ability to play music on my mac (iTunes or otherwise) and control the volume (and even mute) all system and apps sounds.  Tired of getting Skype pop-up sounds while blasting a good song and wearing headphones

2) All airlines need to copy JetBlue’s “little things”.  First, build a web site that is actually usable – I recommend eating the dog food, and make you airline customer service team actually use their own site to book and manage trips.  Second, dump the knee and elbow assault food cart and deliver food and drinks with a basket the way JetBlue does.  All of us 6’+ folks will be very thankful 🙂

3) Consumer Electronic firms need to start offering the ability to lease hardware.  I don’t want to own this stuff, deal with recycling, etc.  Instead of buying, would happily prefer to pay $150+/month and have a TV, laptop, secondary iMac, and iPod/iPhone that gets refreshed every 18 months.  The service would include picking up the hold hardware and transfering the content if need be.  I think there is a huge market for this.  And with a leasing model there would be a steady inflow of used machines, which the companies could certify and then lease back out at reduced rates.  I would personally love to have some extra PCs, for example, in the house for the kitchen and living room, and would be fine with it being one generation behind — just need it for web surfing and light music/video usage

4) From the I-can’t-believe-this-doesn’t-exist category: A google apps native iPhone app for email and calendar that syncs OTA

5) iPhoto Flickr sync.  I use iPhoto to sort and edit my photos, and then upload a small subset to Flickr.  Would love a way to take those Flickr sets and sync those back to iPhoto so that when I use iChat or my AppleTV I can load up the Flickr sets via iPhoto

6) Now that Dash Navigation is ditching their hardware, I’d like to see that service available on my iPhone and BlackBerry next year

7) Fix the “on behalf of” issue that plagues gmail and google apps. This issue causes emails sent from external accounts to show the gmail address in the “from” line to any recipient using Outlook

So any shot these will happen ?

Happy New Year !

7 iPhone Improvements

I’ve pretty much been a lifelong BlackBerry user from the two-way beeper days before picking up the iPhone 3G a couple of months ago.  I also lead our WordPress for iPhone app so I got sucked into the iPhone world a bit more than I expected 🙂

Overall I’m super happy w/ the iPhone 3G so far – the browser rocks, having an iPod on me at all times is ideal, and the typical slick Apple UI is a joy to use.  Now with the 2.1 update, my biggest gripe – occasional keyboard lag – has been solved.

Like anyone though, I have a few other complaints/suggestions, and I figured I’d summarize them here with a digg inspired “7 feature requests/tweaks/fixes” I’d like to see:

1) Automatic zoom on double-tap.  Some emails and web sites zoom in perfectly when you double tap.   Others don’t zoom at all, and require the pinch/open gesture to control the zoom.  I’m sure this is a CSS things on the content site, but would like to see an option to override that.  One big offender is google email alerts – almost unreadable in iPhone mail with a tiny font, it requires the gesture to zoom in.

2) Google app support isn’t great and is buggy.  I get a “Safari cannot download this file” for my email on google apps.  Speaking of which, where is the native google calendar “sync” app – which works beautifully on blackberry

3) No way to search mail on the iPhone is a rally bummer.  I guess I got spoiled on the blackberry to the very slick google apps email client.

4) Photo browsing on the iPhone really kicks-ass, but the iPhoto sync options are too basic. Instead of “all” which is gigs for me of photos, or last import – which can be very random – how about a setting for “last 200 photos” – or “top viewed” photos ?  This issue for me would also be helped by a native Flickr app.

5) Battery management. Lots of people have complained about the battery.  I actually think the real issue is that it’s so fun and useful to use the iPhone that people are just using it way more than they did with their other phones.

But the bottom line is that the iPhone battery is running out mid-day for lots of people, and that is simply unacceptable.  So my suggestion, a smarter battery management system.  The system should guard and protect the most essential functions of the iPhone, which in my mind are the actual phone functions and SMS.  How could this be done ?  How about a setting that would trigger rationing and battery saving features when the battery hit 50% – such as dimming the screen, changing to manual for email, turning off wifi, etc.  Basically kick in all the suggestions Brian Lam of Gizmodo has made, but only when the battery is at X% – and have that X be user defined.

6) Way too easy to call someone by mistake. Make the contact screen selection ask you to “call” or sms” – I often try to click the arrow to the right to send a text, and call the person by mistake.

7) Add more shortcuts like the “home” button. I have my settings for “double clicking” the home button going into my phone favorites.  I’d like to see a few more options like one to take you to camera mode, and the other to the iPod.

And not even worth putting on the list since it’s so obvious, but copy&paste – pretty tough not to have that at least within an app like email.

So we’ll see what Apple has in the works, and being the gadget guy that I am – also keeping an eye on the BlackBerry Bold which should be out soon — looks pretty sweet.

Like a bunch of people that I know who do this already –  I’m not against carrying two devices 🙂