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Apple releases iOS 15.4.1 update to fix battery drain issues it had claimed were 'Normal'

Apple has released a minor update for iPhone and iPad devices. The iOS 15.4.1 contains a few bug fixes. However, Apple has also attempted to address the excessive battery drain several iPhone users experienced after installing iOS 15.4.

iPhone and iPad owners have a new minor update for the iOS and iPadOS operating systems. The update doesn’t contain any new features, just bug fixes. Apple notes the update fixes the following issues:

  • Braille devices may become unresponsive while navigating text or displaying an alert
  • Made for iPhone heading devices may lose connection within some third-party app

The update may vary slightly in size, but some iPhone owners have indicated that it is about 300MB in size. Although the aforementioned bug fixes are welcome, Apple has also included a fix for the battery drain issue reported by some users following the release of iOS 15.4 earlier this month.

Apple’s official Twitter handle, Apple Support, had claimed that the battery drain experienced by users was "normal" after a software update. The Tweet mentioned that apps and features needed 48 hours “to adjust” after an update.

Apple has categorically mentioned the update fixes an issue where the “battery may drain more quickly than expected after updating to iOS 15.4.” While there is a “settling” time needed for system functions and apps after a major update, iOS 15.4.1 contradicts Apple’s own claims. The release notes for iOS 15.4.1 today confirm that the battery drain wasn’t normal at all.

The iOS 15.4.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1 updates are available on all eligible devices via the Over the Air (OTA) update in the Settings app. To grab the update, head over to Settings > General > Software Update.

Besides the abovementioned issues, the latest update also fixes an AppleAVD issue that could allow an application to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”, reported MacRumors. Apple has indicated that an exploit based on this vulnerability may exist in the wild. Hence, iPhone and iPad users are strongly advised to update their devices as soon as possible.

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