IPhone Users Report Battery Life Dropped Significantly After iOS 11.4 Update

How to use USB Restricted Mode on your iPhone or iPad

Alongside iPhones and iPads, Apple also released an update to bump the HomePod software version to 11.4.1.

It seems, however, that pressing matters may have forced Apple to nearly silently roll out its USB Restricted Mode feature in the new iOS 11.4.1 update. iPhone users running iOS 11.4 right now have been complaining in droves that battery life has suffered after the update.

Reports indicate that there are over 33 pages of complaints on the Apple website from users suffering from varying levels of battery drain since updating to iOS 11.4.

You'll now find a toggle switch labeled "USB Accessories" in the Touch ID & Passcode section of the Settings app labeled "USB Accessories". That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months.

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At any rate, USB Restricted Mode functions by preventing USB devices from connecting to your iPhone or iPad, and yes, that includes Lightning-powered accessories. Significant but not listed: USB Restricted Mode, a change originally included in the iOS 12 beta that makes it more hard for anyone, including authorities, to break into the iPhone through the Lightning port. Apple TV owners can also grab tvOS 11.4.1 today. The official change-log from Apple points to the release including "general improvements for stability and quality".

Based on Apple's previous update cycles, it is possible that these are the last updates for these operating systems before iOS 12 and its cousins arrive later this year.

USB Restricted Mode was first noticed by security researchers ElcomSoft back in May during the beta of iOS 11.4, when it was discovered to automatically password-lock an iPhone's or iPad's Lightning port after seven days of inactivity. Those releases are likely to come this fall.

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