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Apple's newly released iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini may have resolved some Wi-Fi issues, but some users say it seems to have also reduced their battery life.

A handful of readers reached out to AppleInsider to say they have noticed poorer battery life on their iPhone after upgrading to iOS 6.0.2. Specifically, one reader said they noticed their battery draining "substantially faster."

In addition, a small number of users have created a thread at Apple's official support forums (via Ars Technica) to share their own evidence of battery problems with iOS 6.0.2.

"It is absolutely draining my battery," user 'atdguy' wrote. "I can usually get through a day with about 75% of my battery power remaining. Today I've gone through 90% and I've done nothing special with it."

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Others posting at Apple's site said that the release of iOS 6.0.2 actually introduced Wi-Fi connectivity issues for them. The software update, released on Tuesday, was intended to address previous Wi-Fi bugs for the iPhone and iPad mini.

All of the users who commented or e-mailed say they are experiencing the battery drain issues with their iPhone 5. There was no mention of iOS 6.0.2 battery problems with the iPad mini.
post #2 of 40
Blah.

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post #3 of 40
Some people's gadgets get borked by every update released. So what? Why is this even news anymore? So we can read the outraged responses by the clueless who have to be led by the nose to a solution? Funny reading but not news fit for the front page of AI.
post #4 of 40
This seen to be a continue issue every time a new iPhone is introduce to the market. The Battery issue was also in the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s when they came out.
post #5 of 40

I never got below 80% yesterday, for the first time, ever, on my 5. 6.0.2 has, so far for me, been fine. To be honest, I don't usually have the issues that some have. Lucky, I guess.

 

To be honest, the only issue I've noticed in the past week was my battery drained faster after I tried Google Maps the first time. It might be me, but after I fully quit it and recharged my phone, it's been fine, since.

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My girlfriend's phone has been sluggish since the 6.0.2 update - she didn't notice battery issues.  She's been a bit sluggish since the phone launched and she's not happy about it.  We are close to a trip to the Apple store for a swap out.

 

Both of our non-jailbroken phones (one iPhone 5 and one iPhone 4S) on iOS 6 have had some issues with the camera app - take a photo and the app freezes and you need to hit the home button to exit.  

 

The camera issue wasn't resolved in iOS 6.0.2

post #7 of 40
Batterygate!!!!!
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post #8 of 40

I don't have an iPhone 5, but I do notice my iPhone 4S doesn't get anywhere near the battery life it did with iOS 5. I was almost never below 50% and now I'm sometimes down to 19% by the end of the day. I'm down to 86% already from 100% about 1.5hrs ago. I've only talked on the phone once for about a minute. 

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post #9 of 40
These people don't even have iPhones.... everything is fine on 6.0.2. Battery life as good as before.
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I don't have an iPhone 5, but I do notice my iPhone 4S doesn't get anywhere near the battery life it did with iOS 5. I was almost never below 50% and now I'm sometimes down to 19% by the end of the day. I'm down to 86% already from 100% about 1.5hrs ago. I've only talked on the phone once for about a minute. 

Have you tried to empty the battery, let the phone die and recharge the phone again? I do this once every month and I never have issues with my battery. I also have a iPhone 4s.


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Have you tried to empty the battery, let the phone die and recharge the phone again? I do this once every month and I never have issues with my battery.

 

I haven't done this in a while and I'm finding that I'm eating through about 45-50% of my battery charge in a typical day, where previously I would only use up 35-40%. I'll be sure to let my battery drain completely at least once over the weekend. Thanks for the reminder.

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In related news, another day, another 2% drop in AAPL price.
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post #13 of 40
Goddammit.

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post #14 of 40

There aren't any issues. There just aren't. I don't have to have a single device with iOS 6.x.x to know that. This is people who refuse to follow instructions on how to take care of their batteries and they're paying for it.

 

I still get a day's worth of idle time on my first-gen iPhone. It's ludicrous what people do to their devices. 

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Batterygate!!!!!
ive noticed it on my phone since updating, Nothing terrible but definitely quicker drain than before I updated. Grr...
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I never got below 80% yesterday, for the first time, ever, on my 5. 6.0.2 has, so far for me, been fine. To be honest, I don't usually have the issues that some have. Lucky, I guess.

To be honest, the only issue I've noticed in the past week was my battery drained faster after I tried Google Maps the first time. It might be me, but after I fully quit it and recharged my phone, it's been fine, since.

Thank you. I mean funny that its always the phones software and NEVER an app that's the buzzkill on battery life. Listen up peeps - PROCESSOR working overtime on your LOCATION SERVICES embedded in apps of all kinds -- excessive battery drain is a direct result of the now TONS of Apps using this feature. Admit that LS is way way more prevelent on Apps than ever before. 😂
post #17 of 40
They will fix it in another update. I have not seen any battery issues in iOS 6.1 beta 4
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ive noticed it on my phone since updating, Nothing terrible but definitely quicker drain than before I updated. Grr...

I recommend going to the Genius Bar if the next update doesn't fix it for you. You might get a new or refurbished phone under warranty.

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post #19 of 40

I've noticed some pretty severe battery life issues with my iPhone 4 ever since I upgraded to iOS 6.0.1 as well, but that's probably old news.

post #20 of 40

Exactly- that's what happened to me when I got the IPhone 5- it was one app constantly using location services.
 

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Good, then release 6.1 already because my battery is worthless after 6.0.2. Watched The Hobbit last night, and without touching my phone for 3 hours, it managed to go from 99% to 73%. Something is running in the background and it's murdering my battery. Did the usual Reset Network Settings wtf routine you normally do after updates to clean out what gets borked in the process, but no luck. If it doesn't get better, I'll try a full backup/restore, but I'm still thinking it's 6.0.2 and not my phone.
post #22 of 40
And that's cute, skil. Pages full of people with the same issue I'm having over on Apple's support forums, but you say "it's not a problem" because your phone is fine. If only the world ran as you dictated, huh?
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Good, then release 6.1 already because my battery is worthless after 6.0.2. Watched The Hobbit last night, and without touching my phone for 3 hours, it managed to go from 99% to 73%. Something is running in the background and it's murdering my battery. Did the usual Reset Network Settings wtf routine you normally do after updates to clean out what gets borked in the process, but no luck. If it doesn't get better, I'll try a full backup/restore, but I'm still thinking it's 6.0.2 and not my phone.

 Let the battery drain completely and let the phone die then recharge it again, it will fix your issue.

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Originally Posted by Cash907 View Post
Pages full of people with the same issue I'm having over on Apple's support forums…

 

Someday people will stop pretending this means something.

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And that's cute, skil. Pages full of people with the same issue I'm having over on Apple's support forums, but you say "it's not a problem" because your phone is fine. If only the world ran as you dictated, huh?

And how many forum posts on the Mayan apocalypse have their been?

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Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post
And how many forum posts on the Mayan apocalypse have their been?

 

How many reviews of Google Maps with "Thank goodness this is out, I'm in Australia and I almost died" have there been?

post #27 of 40
But of course the battery gets drained faster; it now connects to more WiFi networks for crying out loud!


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...have their been?

I think you need to fix your autocorrectionary.
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
I think you need to fix your autocorrectionary.

 

How do you do that (in OS X), by the way? 

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I think you need to fix your autocorrectionary.

How do you do that (in OS X), by the way? 

OSX:
  1. Launch System Preferences, either by clicking the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or by selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Click the Language & Text preference pane.
  3. In the Language & Text preference pane, select the Text tab.
  4. To enable the automatic spelling check, place a check mark next to the Correct Spelling Automatically item.
  5. To disable the automatic spelling check, remove the check mark next to the Correct Spelling Automatically item.


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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
OSX:
  1. Launch System Preferences, either by clicking the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or by selecting System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  1. Click the Language & Text preference pane.
  1. In the Language & Text preference pane, select the Text tab.
  1. To enable the automatic spelling check, place a check mark next to the Correct Spelling Automatically item.
  1. To disable the automatic spelling check, remove the check mark next to the Correct Spelling Automatically item.

 

Yeah, but I want to reset what it has learned like in iOS.

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Yeah, but I want to reset what it has learned like in iOS.

~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary

You can open the file using TextEdit, and search for the word which is not picked up by the auto spell. If there’s any error in your local dictionary, fix the particular word manually and save the file.

You can also add custom words if there’s a need to do so. Or delete it altogether.
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
~/Library/Spelling/LocalDictionary
The full contents of my copy of that file
demonym
downclock
taiyaki

 

That solves exactly zero of my problems. lol.gif It's changing 'spike' to 'spire' in completely random situations, among other things. It shouldn't be correcting anything that is already properly spelled!

post #33 of 40

Running iOS 6.0.2, but I have seen no changes so far

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That solves exactly zero of my problems.

Always happy to oblige.

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 It's changing 'spike' to 'spire'

Maybe you spire too much¿ Sorry, don't know how to fix that. Don't you do fresh installs with every major upgrade? Perhaps WWDC will give us 10.9
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post #35 of 40
To be honest, my i5 after updating to ios 6.0.2,
The battery is showing up great performance,
everything is working totally smooth like never
before!
Thank you Apple.
post #36 of 40
Mine is working great except yesterday my battery went from 100% to 60% in just about a hour yet stayed in the 50s for hours, of course it had not been charged for nearly two days it was off.
post #37 of 40

Looks like a totally mixed bag of reactions here. Location Services and Wi-fi are taking a bit shot at the battery, that's clear as daylight. For users who are facing these issues after the 6.0.2, check this resource: http://www.igeeksblog.com/iphone-5-battery-life/ ... it's not a solution. Just a workaround. Also, there's a long long discussion going on at Apple Discussion forums. Try that too. New ideas keep emerging like some guy turned off Wi-fi in favor of a full-time 3G usage and things got a little better. Head over to location settings and try to see if any app is using it a lot frequently. (pink navigation arrow)... turn things off and try.

It's all basically trial and error so you'll need patience to fix the battery issue. And I seriously don't think a 6.1 would "fix" these issues.

post #38 of 40
The Issue is a once in a while one day 1 hour of phone in sleep mode battery drops >1% then the next in a hour ~10% then the next <30%(major issue), then of course most likely days >12% to none in a hour of course nothing else is different each day, and before the update usually >3%.
post #39 of 40

Same issues

Two other iPhone users who bought their phones the same week as me have set their settings to the same settings as my phone. We plugged in our phones at the same time at night and then compared battery life through text the next day. By midday my iPhone 5 was at 46% and theirs were both over 80%. We none of us took phone calls before lunch, downloaded or accessed WI-FI. 

 

Just because YOUR phone isn't having an issue doesn't mean that there may be some phones out there with unexplained battery drain. I don't have to be "led by the nose" to find a solution. I need a phone that doesn't NEED a solution.

post #40 of 40

After every update, some people complain about reduced battery life. Literally, every update.

 

If true, add up all the updates and no iPhone should last longer than 15 minutes.

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