iOS 7 has only been out for a couple of days, but users on the new operating system are already reporting problems with the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) mobile operating system. According to reports, iO7 is draining battery life on some Apple device. Over at tuaw.com, Mike Wehner shows users how to stop the operating system from killing their battery.

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The new features in iOS 7 are helping to shorten the battery life of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices. There are a few unnecessary features, some  new and some old, which can be turned off in order to lengthen the battery life of the devices. Here’s a run down.

iOS 7 battery killing settings

According to Wehner, the first setting that users should look at in order to prevent iOS 7 from draining battery is Background App Refresh. The tool allows the applications to refresh even if a user is not currently trying to get any information from them. Turning off this setting reduces the amount of work the wireless chip and processor does, increasing battery life.

Location tracking is not just a privacy issue. The feature is vital to a range of applications, but it does nothing to help battery life. Altering location settings, including turning off iAds, time zone checking, traffic checking and any other services that check location constantly.

Air Drop, the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) solution to the NFC problem, should be turned off when not in use. The new feature of iOS 7 is a battery drainer and it should be turned off if a user is not using the service. Another new iOS 7 setting that should be turned off is 3D wallpapers. The feature may be cool, but it’s a battery life killer.

Classic battery saving in iOS 7

The old classic battery saving tips still work with iOS 7, and users should not give up on them. Turning off wi-fi and wireless data when not in use are important, as is keeping screen brightness down as low as is comfortable.

Older iPhone models that can be updated to iOS 7 simply do not have the battery capacity of the newer iPhone models. If a user bought an iPhone 4 at release, its old battery is not going to hold up to the strain of the new operating system after years on the go. iOS 7 is a great operating system, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone.

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