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Apple Investigating 3GS Premature Draining

For some people, the term "premature draining" could bring a smirk to their face. However, it's not quite so funny for iPhone 3GS owners, as the latest and (supposedly) greatest iPhone isn't performing so great, at least on the battery front. CNET is reporting that the Apple forums are currently lit up with consumers complaining that the new iPhone's battery seemingly dumps its charge almost instantaneously.

According to The iPhone Blog, consumers are saying that the battery is draining while on standby. Others have charged the device overnight, only to watch the battery lose its juice after a few text messages or emails. Others have tried workarounds by turning off Bluetooth and Push Notifications, however disabling those options have not extended the battery's "premature draining."

Interestingly enough, there seems to be an indication that the problems began right after the release of OS 3.1. Apple's support team is now contacting consumers directly and throwing an 11-question survey their way, focusing on what could leeching off the battery. As the iPhone Blog reports, one question even asks: when you notice a power drop, does it seem to be a legitimate power drop, or rather an issue with the battery icon indicator?

Apple is also asking consumers to activate battery-life logging, to sync the log files to the computer, and then send the logs to the company by email. Although battery logging does not affect the battery itself, the files do take up storage space.

There's no word if the battery problem effects the new iPod 3G models.