I got my first smartphone 3 years ago when we were on leave in Paradise. Not wanting to spend a zillion dollars, we got a new iPhone 6 instead of an iPhone 7 or whatever the latest model was at the time.
When I was at a conference this summer, it started eating the battery quickly every time I unplugged it, pretty much after it updated to the latest IOS 11.4 something.
I don’t have many apps. I don’t even use my iphone that much except for hangouts, surfing the internet, calling my senators, and google maps. I don’t have a whole lot of apps installed.
I went through all the online things about how to figure out what’s going wrong and how to save power. I turned lots of switches from green to not-green. I noted that my analytics was constantly updating the required things like amdd, whereas DH’s updated them rarely. I put myself on battery saver mode most of the time. The problem seems worst when there’s trouble with internet or cell coverage, so it may be something there, but the last two hot and hard crashes were in my bedroom where service is not usually a problem.
The only remaining possible software problem, the internet suggested, was IOS 11.4. The IOS 12 update should fix that problem.
I waited for the IOS 12 update. It never came.
My phone battery life dropped to 94%. Then 92% after a major crash in which it heated up and then blacked out. Then it dropped to 78% after another major crash while on safari that didn’t involve overheating. Now it says it needs to be serviced. Right before a trip that requires 4 hrs of driving, of course. (I will take my laptop and the garmin and the ipad, so I won’t be completely stuck.)
The nearest certified apple services are over an hour away (and sadly not in the same place as my roadtrip).
So, do I get a new phone and then get this one serviced and hand it down to DC1 after it has a new battery? Or do I go phoneless for however long it takes to send it some place and get it back? Or is there a different option I should pursue? We can afford a new phone, but I really don’t need one, except that I need a phone, preferably one that runs google maps. Plus the battery alone is ~$80 (the iphone 5 didn’t get a discount for the throttling thing they were doing a while back), and labor is probably more. Update: Actually it is an iPhone 6 and it is covered under the discount thing. So I should just send it in or spend a weekend in the future at an apple store in the city, though I’m not sure I can wait that long.
what should I do? What would you do?