Latest Facebook For iOS Update Fixes Battery Drain Issues
A week back it became public knowledge that Facebook is well aware of the fact that its official app on iOS eats away battery like no other. The company went on record to state that it is indeed working on a fix that aims to mend the battery draining menace once and for all. Now, Facebook has released an update for its app on iOS and comes with the much-awaited battery drain fixes.
Facebook Finally Fixes Issues Pertaining To Battery Drainage On iOS
Rather than just pushing out an update that fixes the battery related woes once and for all, Facebook even went on record to state that why the issue was there in the first place, and has traced down two culprits while doing so:
The first issue we found was a “CPU spin” in our network code. A CPU spin is like a child in a car asking, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”with the question not resulting in any progress to reaching the destination. This repeated processing causes our app to use more battery than intended. The version released today has some improvements that should start making this better.
The second issue is with how we manage audio sessions. If you leave the Facebook app after watching a video, the audio session sometimes stays open as if the app was playing audio silently. This is similar to when you close a music app and want to keep listening to the music while you do other things, except in this case it was unintentional and nothing kept playing. The app isn’t actually doing anything while awake in the background, but it does use more battery simply by being awake. Our fixes will solve this audio issue and remove background audio completely.
We’re certain that the recently pushed out version of Facebook, currently sitting at 42.0, is not the only release that will offer up battery related fixes, as the company remains committed to working on building a finer experience for those tied with Apple’s mobile ecosystem.
We urge everyone to update to the latest version of Facebook right away as it will put lesser strain on your device’s battery life, offering you a better user experience in return.
If you have the Facebook app already installed on your iPhone or iPad, then simply launch the App Store, tap on the ‘Updates’ tab and download the latest release from there. If you’re downloading the app from the first time, then simply tap on this link. Like its every other app on mobile, Facebook is absolutely free to download and use.