Facebook: We sucked your iPhone battery dry – but now we’ve fixed it

Facebook says it has resolved two issues that were causing its app to run excessively in the background, dramatically shortening iPhone battery life.

A Facebook engineer has explained why its app was draining the life out of iPhone batteries – but insists the problem wasn’t caused by incessant location tracking.

The explanation by Facebook engineer Ari Grant came alongside an update to its iOS app and a note stressing that GPS tracking was not the culprit.

“Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Facebook doesn’t run GPS in the background unless you give us permission by turning on optional features that require this,” Facebook notes in the update.

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