Found (and surprised) the cause of my iPhone and iPad’s battery draining quickly when not in use

iPhones.ru often publishes instructions on how to extend the battery life of Apple gadgets. Personally, I have not been seriously interested in such a question for many years. Is that purely for the sake of statistics.

Sometimes the same statistics are interesting and suggest different thoughts. For example, I have been looking askance at the AirTag that I use with my wife for several weeks now.

Thoughts are as follows: perhaps the mere presence of AirTag near you directly affects battery life all your Apple mobile devices. This influence is imperceptible with the active use of those same devices. But it becomes a problem if you have secondary devices: for example, a home iPad, an additional iPhone, and so on.

I’m wondering if other AirTag owners are experiencing the same problem.

What is the problem


iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 12% battery loss in 9 hours, screen locked.

Service Locator every day takes tens of “percent” of the battery charge from my Apple devices. Some of them are completely empty by the time I want to use them.

Because of this, you have to monitor the charge level of all devices in the house and regularly check it every two days, and then recharge. At the same time, any Apple device, except perhaps the 2020 iPhone SE, should work without problems in standby mode for more than two or three days.

It’s no joke, I have an iPad of the very first generation (yes, 2010!) It can lie for a whole week and not require charging. And the new iPad Pro and iPad mini are either almost empty or already empty in three days. And turned off.

Why do I suspect that AirTag is to blame

To understand what AirTag has to do with it, it is worth recalling its principle of operation. The Apple tag itself cannot access the internet or cellular network. Instead, it constantly communicates with any Apple gadgets within Bluetooth signal range. And they anonymously transfer its geolocation to the service Locator.

To be fair, the same thing happens between Apple gadgets themselves. They all anonymously share their relative geolocation with nearby devices. More about work Locator can be read in our article.

However, I don’t see really massive complaints that services Locator passively discharge devices to zero all iPhone and iPad owners. So there are a lot of complaints on the Internet, but in the general mass of iPhone and iPad users, they are almost invisible.

Hence my suspicion that the problem arises when the certain conditions. For example, when there is one or more AirTag close to gadgets. I have exactly this situation. Two years ago, when Apple geotagging did not yet exist as a product, I did not encounter this.

Now I wear an AirTag, my wife wears an AirTag, and there is always at least one tag next to the devices.

Battery drain is most noticeable on “secondary” devices


iPad mini 6th generation (2021), here’s a review.

The problem affects not even my iPhone the most, but the iPad. iPhones are already charging every day at night, but iPads can wait in the wings for several days. And every time I take out any Apple tablet after at least two days of inactivity, it is already completely discharged.

For example, for the last 10 days and according to the menu Settings -> Batteryin the passive consumption of the iPad mini battery, the service is steadily leading Locator.

I see the same thing on the iPad Pro:


iPad Pro with M1 processor, here’s an overview.

The option that the problem lies in some particular device, and you just need to reset it or reinstall the firmware, it makes no sense to even consider it. If we were talking about a single iPhone or iPad, then I would agree and have done all of the above a long time ago.

In fact, this happens with absolutely all iDevices in use. And at least one AirTag is always there. Pattern, not chance.

I do not want to refuse AirTag, but the statistics are interesting

If you also use AirTag, unsubscribe Do you see a similar situation in yourself?

Even if my observation is correct, I see no reason to blame Apple, let alone demand something from it. Buying an active tracking tag for the geolocation of your belongings at a price lower than that of special equipment with its own GSM module (and therefore legal, unlike them), it is logical to expect that it will affect the autonomous operation of devices on which it directly depends. It’s like complaining that Bluetooth headphones or Apple Watch affect the battery life of the iPhone. Otherwise, no way.

But at the same time, the problem remains relevant. The Apple devices I use are virtually devoid of normal standby time, and two days is the limit for them.

When a recently purchased (for 29 thousand rubles!) Android smartphone with two active SIM-cards works for the fifth day without recharging, and the top-end iPad Pro shows a black screen on the third day, this is not the case.

More on the topic:

► My AirTag is one year old. Here are the impressions in a nutshell


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