Facebook Fixes Battery Issues with App Update

It looks like it's safe to go back to using Facebook, at least as far as your battery is concerned. As we told you, the Facebook app was apparently the source of excessive battery usage on iPhones, even in the background. There was speculation that it was due to Facebook's recently added automatic video playback feature and to some extent, that was true. In order for video to work, Facebook enabled background audio. However, with no video to play, the app would essentially still play a silent audio track, consuming battery life even when the app wasn't being used.

 

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This has been resolved, not so much by changing any programming but by removing the background audio permissions from the app. Users can download the latest version of the Facebook app and experience better battery life while Facebook figures out a way to enable background audio if and when it's needed and turn it off when it's not.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.