Apple Released iOS And iPadOS 15.4.1 Fixes iOS Battery Drain Bug With New Update

Apple Released iOS And iPadOS 15.4.1 Fixes iOS Battery Drain Bug With New Update

Apple Released iOS And iPadOS 15.4.1 Fixes iOS Battery Drain Bug With New Update

 

Apple has released iOS and iPadOS 15.4.1, which fixes certain accessibility flaws, enhances security, and fixes a power drain bug that affected some people's phones and iPads after updating to iOS 15.4.


It's unclear how common the problem was (no one on The Verge's staff experienced significant battery loss), but Apple Support advised customers complaining about power depletion earlier this month that it was "standard for your applications and features to need to adjust up to 48 hours after an update." Despite the fact that the update was issued over two weeks ago, it's not difficult to discover current threads complaining about poor battery life.

Hopefully, the update will fix those difficulties - iOS 15.4 includes the extremely useful feature of being able to use Face ID while wearing a mask, so it'd be a shame if people were afraid of battery issues.


Even if your battery has been performing admirably, it may be important to update it as soon as possible. Apple claims that iOS 15.4.1 (as well as macOS Monterey 12.3.1, which was also published today) contain security fixes for flaws that might have been exploited in the wild. 


Unfortunately, this type of warning has become rather common in Apple's security advisories – while delaying upgrades forever is never a good idea, it appears that it's more necessary than ever to make sure your devices are running the most recent version of their OS.


To update your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. To update your Mac, go to System Preferences > Software Update.


Apple's newest subscription service is a small business IT management package.

Apple's Business Essentials subscription service, which was launched late last year and released in a limited beta, is now available to any small business. This is Apple's vertical integration of device management and cloud storage under the Business Manager platform, which is aimed for businesses with less than 500 employees and is already used to buy and manage Apple devices. 


It now includes an optional new corporate tier of AppleCare Plus hardware coverage with 24/7 assistance and the ability to call an Apple-trained tech onsite in as little as four hours, now that it's officially launched.


Traditional IT services are bundled into one portal as part of the subscription, which starts at $2.99 per employee each month. Apple is launching the service with a two-month free trial for companies who have already participated in the beta test.

Businesses that could benefit from this bundle or a third-party solution similar to it are likely already familiar with Apple's Business Manager interface. It's how corporations (and, to a lesser extent, schools using Apple School Manager) may reserve and distribute managed Apple IDs, ensuring that employees don't create personal Apple ID accounts by accident. It can also purchase gadgets directly from Apple, purchase software licenses through the App Store, sync directories (Microsoft Azure), and more.


Small business customers can use Apple's service to push pre-configured packages directly to employees' devices with their Wi-Fi / VPN settings, mandated FileVault encryption, and apps. The biggest change for those in charge of IT management comes on the deployment and management side: small business customers can use Apple's service to push pre-configured packages directly to employees' devices with their Wi-Fi / VPN settings, mandated FileVault encryption, and apps.

Employees can then use the Business Essentials app to check their installations, get support, and track repairs. Previously, gaining deployment and management functionality on Apple devices necessitated using a different service and having the necessary knowledge. The major limitation of this configuration is that it won't function with non-Apple mobile or desktop devices.


Apple's new solution might be tempting for small firms looking for a streamlined and linear approach to Mac management, or who don't have the resources in IT people. The monthly cost for one device and 50GB of iCloud storage starts at $2.99 per employee each month, rising to $6.99 for 200GB and $12.99 for 2TB.


AppleCare Plus for Business Essentials costs an extra $7 per month for a single device (covering one repair or replacement) or $13 per month for three devices and 200GB of iCloud storage (covers two repairs or replacements). With three devices, 2TB of iCloud storage, and AppleCare Plus for Business Essentials, a single employee can pay as much as $24.99 per month.

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