Users of Apple’s iOS operating system have complained for some time about The drain on battery life seemingly cause by Facebooks’s app. Today, Facebook admitted that their app was indeed the culprit and pushed an update in an effort to fix the problem.
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In a post on Facebook, Engineering Manager Ari Grant said that a “few key issues” have been noticed and this update should smooth those issues over:
“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.
Another issue involved Audio.
If you watch on video on Facebook, for example, it would continue to play audio in the background, even after the app was closed out of.
“The app isn’t actually doing anything while awake in the background, but it does use more battery simply by being awake,”
Grant went on to say that the battery life issue isn’t related to the location history feature, as some had guessed, and stressed that location history was an optional feature. Facebook may be sucking your battery life and free time, but it’s not tracking your every move just yet.