Users Complain Apple Update Drains Batteries

12/22/12 7:04AM EST

iphonebatterydrained Users Complain Apple Update Drains Batteries

Notice your iPhone battery draining faster lately? You’re not alone. A rush of users have taken to Apple’s discussion forums to complain of reduced battery life since the recent iOS 6.0.2 update.

I can usually get through a day with about 75 percent of my battery power remaining,” posted user atdguy. “Today I’ve gone through 90% and I’ve done nothing special with it.”

Users on Digital Spy and MacN forums are reporting the same issue since downloading the update to, which was designed to correct issues with WiFi.

TidBits author Adam Engst believes the problem may be tied directly to the WiFi fix. The newest OS has apparently increased the number of WiFi checks it performs in order to hold on to WiFi connectivity, which is draining the battery.

Turned off my WiFi this morning and up to now five hours later no battery drain (still at 100 percent),” user Kickerskopp said on the Apple discussion forum. “This is however of course no solution as I would somehow like to GET MY WIFI BACK !!!

Engst advises anyone who is not experiencing WiFi issues and has not yet upgraded to iOS 6.0.2—which has only been released for the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini—to hold off on doing so.

Apple may have taken note of the users’ complaints. Zdnet reported today that Apple removed the online Support Note for the update, a frequent sign that an “update to an update will be forthcoming.

 
 
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