iOS 6.0.2 Reducing Battery Life Of iPhone 5?

By Sumit Passary | Dec 21, 2012 03:06 PM EST

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Apple recently released iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini to fix certain Wi-Fi issues, but the update seems to be affecting the battery life of the devices.

Users on the Apple support communities reported that the update has been successful to fix Wi-Fi issues but many users have also complained that after installing iOS 6.0.2 update iPhone 5's battery drains out quicker than normal.

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"I loaded IOS 6.0.2 yesterday.  Unfortunately it only partially fixed my wifi issues (I already have several posts about my wifi issues).  But, to my complete and utter frustration, it introduced a NEW ISSUE I was not having before -- it is absolutely draining my battery.  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," reported a user on Apple support communities.

"Similar situation here.  I didn't have any WIFI issues before 6.0.2 but I _did_ have battery drain concerns.  In short, the update introduced WIFI issues _and_ made the battery drain issue worse," said another user on Apple support communities.

The highly-anticipated iPhone 5 launched in September this year has gained high popularity since the launch. However, iPhone 5 has battling niggling issues since it started to reach users.

Many users reported the camera purple flare issue on iPhone 5, scratches on the surface of the handset, and the Wi-Fi connectivity issues. None of the complaints have been extreme in nature, but users will hope for a smooth experience on their iPhone 5.

Apple has not formally addressed the issue; however, as the iOS 6.0.2 update has been up reaching users only since Dec. 18, the company may issue a statement soon.

We will have to wait and see if Apple releases a further update to the upgrade.

Have you downloaded the iOS 6.0.2 on your iPhone 5, and has the update fixed the Wi-Fi issue or has it introduced the new battery drainage issue to your iPhone?

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