Having battery problems with your iPhone 4 or 4S after installing iOS 6? You’re not alone. It appears this is a major problem, with some users reporting total battery drainage after just a few hours.
In recent days many iPhone 4 and 4S users have taken to Apple iPhone technical support forums to complain about the issue. iPhone 4S user Only1jb complained that after taking their smartphone to work they returned home with just 17 per cent battery left. Prior to installing iOS 6, that number had been closer to 60 per cent.
But that’s nothing compared to the battery problems reported by some other iPhone 4 and 4S users. One user named John Smith 1882 said his battery’s charge had dropped from 100 per cent to 0 per cent in just four hours. Worse still, Smith said he hadn’t placed or received a call, hadn’t used GPS apps, and hadn’t even browsed the web.
Meanwhile, user LocalBus said he was considering back tracking to iOS 5 after his iPhone 4’s battery life was reduced from 100 to 52 per cent in just 90 minutes.
It’s not yet known what might be causing the batteries to drain so quickly. Some users had suggested that Apple’s new mapping service was the culprit, but even those who haven’t run the application say they’re experiencing problems.
“As an iPhone 4S owner, I can tell you from first hand knowledge that my iPhone loses about ten percent of its charge per hour without doing anything but sitting in my pocket,” wrote David Winograd, a writer for The Mac Observer.
“I noticed that with the lock screen set to two minutes, and the screen turned off, the iPhone feels quite warm, as if it’s doing something.”
Apple hasn’t yet commented on the problem, though with hundreds of people taking to the company’s technical support forums, it’s likely the firm will release a statement sometime this week.
What about you guys? Can anyone beat LocalBus’ record of full battery drainage in just three hours?