iPhone 4S: iOS 6 battery life problems need 6.1

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It is not the first time iPhone 4S users have experienced battery life problems, and now iOS 6 is delivering issues with the battery once again, although it’s not the same experience for everyone. Once upgrading an iPhone 4/4S to iOS 6 you might experience battery life problems, which are extremely evident to some people who see the battery drain at a much higher rate than previously.

We are continuing to hear about iOS 6 draining the iPhone battery on a daily basis, and while we’ve heard about a few iPhone 5 cases it is mostly the older models receiving complaints. Our 6th generation iPhone has been performing really well since launch, and considering the technology improvements you’d think the new iPhone 5 would drain battery faster, but in fact it seems that iOS 6 is causing the iPhone 4/4S to drain juice at a faster rate for a number of people.

Apple’s iOS 6.1 update needed to fix the iOS 6 battery problems – when the iPhone 4S first launched we experienced battery life problems like thousands of others, not everyone, and Apple addressed these problems publicly and released an update to fix the issues. It took Apple a couple of software updates, but finally everything improved and the iPhone 4S started to drain battery life at a normal rate again.

Considering the amount of complaints on Apple’s official forums and the feedback we’ve received from our readers, it seems that iOS 6.1 will be needed to update and tweak the software on the iPhone 4/4S, which would help older models to perform better where battery life is concerned.

It is clear that iOS 6 is the problem here and this has been made even more obvious by a number of tests we’ve performed, and also what other technology websites have done as well. You could have the same apps and settings on the iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, and 5, but battery life will drain faster on the older models in most cases. It is worth noting that the battery problems started the moment iOS 6 had been installed, which rules out hardware issues and with thousands of users complaining it proves a simple tweak in iOS 6.1 could solve the problem. We’re not talking about slight changes in battery life either, this is a major drain in juice that results in some devices not making it halfway through the day.

Are you experiencing extreme battery drain on your iPhone with iOS 6, and if you have battery problems feel free to share a comment with the model you’re running and how long your charge lasts? At the time of writing we’re not sure how long it will take for Apple to release the iOS 6.1 update, but keep connected to PR and we’ll let you know the moment it arrives. We’ll be sure to test the battery life on the iPhone 5 and older models once the new update arrives as well.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.armagost Jim Armagost

    Charged my 4s with iOS6 on it last night. Unplugged and headed to the airport and waited on my plane. Within 2.5 hours of unplugging I was at 20% and by the time the plane took off at the 3 hour mark, I was at 10%. 3 hours for a fresh charge? RIGHT!
    Phone gets pretty warm too when running maps!

  • Rudi Nikolaisen

    My 4s drained from 100% to 1% within 9 hours, hardly being used at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michelle.griffin.923519 Michelle Griffin

    Went to sleep with my iPhone 4s on 93% woke up and it was off, battery completely drained. Next night I ensured all data was off and phone still went from 88% to off overnight with no use at all!!
    Not happy Jan

  • Paolo

    i sold mine already! lost 40% after 4 hours of non use!

  • dorodenker

    My 3gs drains in aboutr 3 to 4 hours since i upgraded to IOS6. Thought it was teh battery and paid $20 for a new one…no difference. Phone is really useless unless charged constantly. This is bad, bad ,bad!

  • Jerry Eichelberger

    I have a 4S and the battery is draining 1% every 5 minutes in standby. This is with wifi, location services and bluetooth turned off. Also keeps resetting to home screen and I cannot use it at all … piece of crap

  • Bethmor

    My Iphone 4S is draining to 40% within 4 hours of a fresh charge and that is when it is sitting idle. When using it at a normal rate, I can lose about 1% a minute

  • Feral Fergus

    After upgrading my battery life is cut by half, I only manage to get through half the day.
    This is not heavy usage either!
    Bad apple :(

  • Polly

    Ditto to all these … Has dropped 15% in 45 mins. Not hi users, mainly phone, read push emails.

  • jamie

    max 3 hrs withless usage

  • Dina

    I had a problem with battery drainage on my 4S with the ios6 upgrade. The problems were immediate. I did a Restore from my computer and everything is back to normal. Battery life is great.

  • J

    This update sucks! My 4s needs to be charged constantly! New update would be nice? Phone is useless!

  • Unhappy IPHONE user

    within 3hrs 100% charge became 20 % charged.. sucks!!!!

  • clarebear400

    4S here battery is draining at least twice as fast as before the update it SUCKS can’t even get throuh the whole day without needing to charge at some stage.

    • Daniel

      EXACTLY!!!!

  • Liv

    The very same day I upgraded to iOS6 my battery life got cut in half. I can only get about 4 hours on a charge and the phone gets very warm, too.

    • shiva

      when keep ur phone on charge make sure that u switch off ur celluar..and yea when u not browsing or using 3g off cellular data

    • Fleur

      I’m experiencing all of these issues on my 4S.

  • Bradc944

    This extends to the iPod Touch models as well, I have a 4th gen iPod touch, loaded iOS 6.0 and now I can measure battery life in single-digits of hours, as opposed to days. This was just running tuneinradio! All the old tricks (dimming the screen, turning off notifications, et al) will MAYBE give me 5 hours of useful life. iPod now damn near useless.

  • Mak V

    iPhone 4S was working great on 5.1.1 what happen :(. I updated and battery is significantly worst this is my 3rd 4s and I had to restart from new like 3 times which I unfair. Maybe should start taking a look at other phones the Genius Bar is always full maybe because apple is jus to large now and can’t get it right. Went down 3% posting this

  • <10%

    I haven’t even updated to ios6 yet (too reliant on google maps to contemplate it at this stage) but my battery life is dreadful!! Barely making it through half a day… I am thinking that it is the updates to many of my apps that allow them to work with ios6… its the only thing that has changed on my device… :(

  • Greg

    Since I upgraded to IOS 6 my battery life has diminished by a factor of 50%. This is a major problem and needs to be addressed ASAP by Apple. I wish I had never downloaded the upgraded OS.

  • byjiminy

    Not only am I having horrendous battery drain problems, I am also having signal issues. Just with the 4S sitting on my desk, it has full signal. Then drops, searches for 10minutes, before saying no signal. Then reconnects. I also cannot get signal in places I was once able to, i.e. at home. So cannot make/receive calls or send/receive texts…currently my 4S is basically an overheating paperweight.

    • shiva

      switch off ur cellular data.this will help u from battery drainage.for signals,the possiblity must b dat ur place living in.for recovery go to settings-reset-reset network settings..

    • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.tyson.9 Tracy Tyson

      Just seen your comment about the signal and yes, I forgot about the signal issue. I used to get 3G fine, but since the update I’m back to 2G. What a pain this is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rahul.mahipal Rahul Mahipal

    Not only is the battery draining faster, iOS6 has left the Apps on my 4S very unstable they keep crashing in 7-8 seconds, even Facebook, mail, photos etc. crash

  • Deepak

    my 4s is having same problems after ios6 upgrade. horrible experience!! how can you guys release something to your customers with out testing properly?? So pathetic

  • jasper_girl

    My phone kept crashing in whatever apps i’m using (safari, whatsapps, games etc) & i cant stand of it kept crashing all the time. The battery life also drained out so quickly. In normal time before upgraded i can use for whole day & charged only once per day but now it had to be charged thrice after upgraded even it is the same usage b4 upgraded. Awaiting for the better upgraded version, hope you wont let ur Apple’s users down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.treat.522 Brian Treat

    Please fix this I love my iPhone 4S.

  • http://www.facebook.com/singinkates Katie Smith

    I have a 3gs and since the ios6 upgrade can’t even make it 4 hours without using my phone AT ALL. I charge it all day, at night I go to bed with my phone at 100%, and my alarm doesn’t go off in the morning because my phone is dead. if it’s fully charged in the morning, say at 7:30, it’s already down to 20% by about 11am. it’s so frustrating!!!!

  • Kevin

    Charged my phone to 100% last night and put it on standby. This morning, it was down to 1%. I tried turning off all notifications this morning, as well as resyncing the phone with my computer and doing a hard reboot. Same problem. By the time I went from my front door to work, my phone had dropped from 92% to less than 60%. ios 6 = AppleFail

  • Jack Hodges

    I charged my 4S last night to 100% and went to bed. This morning it had 1%. I have been having this same problem since upgrading to iOS 6 a week ago. The phone is now useless unless it is plugged in.

  • Ben

    2 days after upgrade to iso6 my 3gs dead bad app shame on you apple.

  • Rikki

    At midnight my phone was at 50% plenty to make it to my 7am alarm…nope I woke up at 530 by chance and it was dead.

  • pikeing

    iPod touch 4 same lasts 20 minutes on games after iOS 6 update

  • mike

    Purchased a new iPhone 4S, charged after I got home. Restored to iOS6 and unplugged at night under standby without the sim card, in the morning battery saw the battery dying so plugged back in for recharge.

  • yuvi

    plz plz fix the battery problem of i phone 3gs as soon as possible i phone 3gs far better than 4 not 4s but 3gs is 3gs long life phone 3gs .plz upgraded 6.0 to 6.1 as possible and resolving battery drain problem and performance plz

  • bobomatic

    The same issues that occurred with IOS 4.0 & IOS 5.0 has again occurred, The Bluetooth Stack released for those versions has also appeared on IOS 6.0. This included bad or NO adaptive Slot Hopping on Bluetooth on a recieved call, where the Transmitted Audio off of a BT heaset sound like the sender is Under water, and Now additionally, Droputs in the A2DP stream, when listening to your music Library. When will Apples QA dept get it’s crap together, or Stop management from shoving their head up their asses, and releasing garbage, instead of a Quality product?

  • garbear

    I noticed a huge battery drain the first day after uploading iOS6 on my 4s. It has not gotten any better!

  • Gina Anderson

    Yes, I am experiencing very bad battery drain. If I’m not using my iPhone 4, I have to shut it off, it will drain the battery while it is sitting. I get half the battery life at best, after upgrading to os6. I have rurned off most notifications, Bluetooth, and anything else I can find to keep my iPhone going more than about 5 hours.

  • Jake

    I bought a new iPhone 4s 6 months ago and have now received my 3rd warranty replacement. This problem existed before ios 6 and I am very tired of it. This is my first experience with an iphone and it has been a horrible one!

  • Rhonda

    Absolutely rediculous!! I have to leave my iphone 4s plugged in and charging all day and all night since downloading IOS6, will be taking my phone to Apple this weekend and getting them to sort it out!!!

  • Vasla

    i hate iOS 6 so much

  • gcjay

    I have the iPhone 5 and have to charge it up daily…if I don’t it goes dead within 24 hours.

  • Bill

    They cant sort it out, I was there yesterday and the Tech told me he would put a new battery in my phone but that wont and did not solve the problem.

  • Kumaraswamy selvaraj

    This is crappy IOS 6.0, unable to use it due to serious battery drain issue. Wish I have not upgraded….

  • Davis

    “it proves a simple tweak in iOS 6.1 could solve the problem”
    Should mention what the ‘simple tweak’ is – or are you just guessing?

  • RickP

    iOS6 is absolutely terrible! My battery life is about 5 hours now, and I make sure I shut every application down after I use it. Bluetooth headset conversations are useless as it sounds like the conversation has a stutter, like talking with a vibrator. Music drops out! DLNA support has massive delays between blocks of data making the playback look like uTube with a bad link. The phone is constantly dropping the network and then going into search mode where it stays with no services for 3 mins and then reconnects. THis is unliveable this way! RIck P

  • Mva

    Not only does my 4s have extremely fast battery drain, it will occasionally turn off and show a dead battery, even though i watched it do this as it had up to 45% battery life left. I have to plug in to restart.

  • Momof3lovebugs

    I can only echo all sentiments here-mine drained to 1% after only taking pictures and checking email less than a dozen times, plus posting two pics to fb before realizing my battery had been sucked down to 70%. I put it on airplane mode to try to stave off the drainage. Every ap was shut off. No Bluetooth. No wifi. Nothing. This sucks. I was wavering between apple and droid. I am sorry I chose apple.

  • Roy

    I had a iPhone 4 and when I updated to iOS 6 it drained the battery very quickly, I’ve since upgraded to a iPhone 5 and the fault of draining the battery is still the same if not more. I don’t use the phone anymore that I did before and I have all the services turned off, but still I am finding if I charge it at night to 100%, by the morning it’s down to 80% with everything turned off. I just hope they fix this problem. Many reports say this only happens if you back up an old device and restore it to the iPhone 5, this is not true as I have done a full restart and set up as new.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.littlesmith Laura Little Smith

    I have the iPhone 4s and my husband has the iPhone 4 and our batteries have been draining consistently since the upgrade. Apple definitely needs to fix this….we can’t leave them plugged in all day!

  • Michael

    The battery lasts 3/4 of the day on my 4s since I down loaded iOS 6. They better fix it quick because it sucks.

  • john

    Similar experiences. I have gotten substantial improvement by shutting down the Photo Stream function.

  • CHLO

    Bought iphone 4s like erm last month?
    Accidently restored and updated.
    Lost jailbreak . & Can’t jailbreak or downgrade,
    Battery life sucks .

  • DMA

    Prior to the update, my phone would last 2 or 3 days with normal usage, mostly email and navigation, not too much talking or texting. I usually recharge when it blinks at 20%. Last night, I went to bed with 50%, phone died during the night so my alarm didn’t go off :-/ I recharged to 100%, phone was telling me “red zone” by dinner. When I got home after dinner, it only had the tiniest sliver of red left. All background apps have been turned off.
    Also, the phone is so hot in my purse (when not plugged in) that my chapstick is melting.

  • Valerio

    Big battery problems after installing iOS6. Besides, writing characters with the virtual keyboard is slower !

  • Peet

    Got simillar problem, fully charged in the evening, by the morning down to 20%, and in next hour 0%. When trying to charge it, it simply refused to do so as it was absolutely confused – instead of starting the charging, it found out there is “enough” of juice so it turned up, but when doing so it turned off again as it apparently wasn’t quite enough! This happend straight after the update, then it worked for few days normaly, and suddenly it did it again! I am not sure what it causes but when the battery drains so fast it gets very warm. I suspect facebook app as it is now implemented through the whole thing in every app given by iPhone… once I was having FB up it showed the little circle spining like doing something, but actually doing nothing visible to my eye exept it got hot again … whatever it is, simply something is not right. My girlfriend has her iPhone almost empty (no music, not many apps, not much data) and she is absolutely fine… when I checked with few friends and colegues, the more you have on your iPhone, the worse the problem is…

  • Lafaundawwwww

    my battery life sucks and im thinking about taking my life because of it

  • http://twitter.com/im_theHBIC Sierra

    I charged my phone then went to bed. I woke up to it hving 10% battery. My battery also gets EXTRMEMLY hot when I use my phone. I’m in a long distance relationship…I need to be able to talk on the phone or use it for more than three minutes. I am also hving problems with my phone dropping calls. Fix it now apple or I’m going to get another Droid!!!

  • Scott

    I’ve had no trouble at all, I charge my 4S to 100% each evening, then take it off charge over night for the alarm, then top it up again in the morning. I play games all day etc. when I have free periods at college, and I’ll still have around 50% when I get home.

  • Thart1216

    I’m running a 4S and the battery drain is sometimes close to 1%/minute. I reloaded IOS6 as “New” and even turned off locating service (privacy on) and its still horrible. Can’t leave house with it for any length of time. I have also closed all apps and it is still terrible. I’d simply like to go back previous platform and then have a reliable cell phone- did apple forget that is still the primary function we get from the iPhone…no power no phone calls! Might move to Android when the contract is up.

  • SEKiphone4s

    Soon as I update to IOS6 on my iphone 4s, the battery life was cut in half. Trip to the apple store was not helpful, as I was backing up to the Icloud and the tech at the apple store stated that there was a bug in my software and even if he wiped the phone, started over and brought back the phone by using icloud to restore, he could not guarantee that the problem would go away. His solution was to backup to itunes on a computer, then wipe the phone clean and reinstall everything….(which I dont want to do)
    I wish I had never upgraded to IOS6. Still having the same problem and will wait for weekend to arrive so that I can waste a day backing up phone and then reinstalling everything on the phone.
    Right now phone lasts about 4 hours on a charge, and I have turned everything off. Tech support suggested that I leave phone on airplane mode, as that will conserve battery life….(what?) If that s what I have to do then why not go back to a cheap motorola flip phone….

  • spikegroover

    I upgraded the day iOS 6 was available. I have a 3GS phone thru AT&T. But the battery issue didn’t start until the past week. I am not sure if turning on the Limited Ad Tracking function might be part of the issue.

  • Almond.apple

    I also underwent similar battery issues. But i tried Restore from itunes and backup from computer and it worked magically. Battery has improved over ios 5.1.1. I suggest u all to try this. I guess the problem is with wiFi update of ios 6. Before restore my phone would drain out in 3-4 hrs at night without use. But now i see zero drop overnight.

  • Dennis

    I have had an iPhone 4S for about 9 months. WIth my normal use, I had to charge the battery every other day, and with heavy use (for me), I would charge daily. I installed ios6 one evening recently and had a full charge when I went to bed. When I got up in the morning, the phone was dead. I did a few tests and found that the battery is completely drained after about 5 hours – even if I do nothing. Very disappointing!!!

  • marlon

    Same here. after upgrade to iOS6, it sucks my battery life bigtime. update please!

  • Twodogsbarking

    My 4s has massively slowed down and the battery drains twice as fast since I updated. Also the handset gets hot when I talk on the phone for more than 5 minutes. Not good at all.

  • shiva

    when 3g or 4g is not in use please to switch off ur celluar data and 3g..i hope dat will fix ur battery life

  • Mike

    i have had a iphone 4 for almost 2 years im 2 months shy from my upgrade my battery life was fine until the O.S 6.0 its is now 8:30am and i woke up at 6:30am with 100% power i am now at 84% with no background apps running
    6.0 is not very fun

  • Problems.

    It’s not just the iPhone though. My iPod is also having issues with the iOS 6 update. I cannot connect to wifi at home, and I have tried everything. I’ve reset all the network settings, turned my router on/off, etc.

  • Jim

    My battery only lasts about 3 hours now, if i don’t use the phone for anything. may have to switch back to blackberry

  • Louder

    My iPhone 5 won’t make it halfway through the day without being recharged. Almost everything is turned off. I run the battery all the way down so it gets a full charge, but I still have to tote around a backup battery and the ever precious cable. On the plus side with the heat that this phone generates it will make for a great pocket warmer this winter.

  • John75

    iPhone 3gs drains fully in less than a day with little or no use and everything except the phone itself turned off. Got several days under similar circumstances before iOS 6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.tyson.9 Tracy Tyson

    I upgraded to IOS 6 a few days ago and the battery charge drops from full to nothing in 8 hours even if I don’t use my phone. I wish I could restore my phone back to IOS 5 as the battery life was fine before the update! Why do Apple keep doing this, as this certainly isn’t the first time!

  • Duracell

    My battery life on my 4s lasts 8 hours. and im not on it at all!, my 8 hour shift at work… by the time i get home i get the 10% warning…. then it dies. This is actually terrible and apple should really get it together. Its kinda embarrassing

  • Johnny Google

    I hope Apple fixes this battery life issue soon. I can’t get past 3 pm on a single charge on my 4S, whether I use the phone or not.

  • Caro

    This is absurd. I bought this phone less than 4 months ago, and I noticed at the time that it needed to be charged every day. Sinc ios6 I have to charge it twice a day. You call this an upgrade? I call it ridiculous!

  • DZ

    I am experiencing a significant battery life issue with my 4S since upgrading to iOS 6.0. I would estimate that battery life is somewhere around half of what I had prior to the upgrade. It is very annoying. Many times, I do not make it through the afternoon after a 100% charge the night before. Please fix this!

  • Kevin

    Our firm bought a set of iPhone 3Gs for senior staff a couple of years ago. Since the iOS 6 upgrade our phones have been near to useless. Mine burns so hot in my pocket , it feels like it will explode. My battery drains from 100% to nil in about 2 hours. One staff member drove over her iPhone 3G a few months back, so we bought her a new iPhone 4. She is not experiencing battery problems. We are not techie people and assumed the problems lay with our phones coming to the end of their life, and so made moves to upgrade. Now I hear that this problem is universal I’m furious.

  • K

    Major issues on my iPhone 4S after ios6 update. Not only does my battery drain ridiculously fast, I lost the microphone feature when inputting text AND I lose total network connection sometimes. I fine it beyond irresponsible and a slap in the face for Apple to release faulty software. You definitely make this ex-droid user want to ditch the iPhone! After all, you can’t do much with the iPhone like you can with an android. If I am going to have these issues I will just switch back.

  • John

    Very odd problem. Yes the battery is draining quickly, but at about 20% (it won’t even let it get into the “red zone”) the phone shuts down. When I plug it in, it show it at 20%. Agh. Why make something so integral to our lives and then have holes like this?
    Goes against the grain of Apple (I like to think….hope).

  • Nikki

    Ya m facing this prom as well previous my phone was running like 27-28hrs now after I have updated to IO-6 it’s hardly coming for 10-12hrs & I need to charge twice a day now, hope & trust apple fix this bug ASAP!!!

  • praj

    thats why you should get an android.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charuka.wick Charuka Wickramasekara

      I have used Galaxy S3 even though iOS 6 drains the battery its still better than GS3 battery. Get a life

  • Robert Stone

    I purchased the Iphone 5 and I am so disappointed in the battery life. They have a fix. Turn off all of the COOL & FAST features of the phone and it will meet the battery life advertised. What a joke. We were misled. Also the calender still does not allow you to pick days of week for events. I still have to type them in manually. My home thermostat has a better calendar than the Iphone.

  • pavan kanagi

    Having a iphone 4.. I dont use much but when i updated to ios6 my battery went from 100 to 60 in just 3 hours without using much where as on ios5 as experianced hardly 10 to 20 percent decrease was seen.. hence i downgraded to ios5 and am happy with it..

  • http://www.facebook.com/DerekWilliamsMusic Derek Williams

    One charge on my iPhone 4S lasts me about 12 hours since installing iOS6. I also had this happen once on iOS5 and fixed it by draining to absolute zero and then recharging, a practice that also worked on previous models of iPhone. This has not worked with iOS6 however.

    Another odd thing that happened since iOS 6 was that WiFi stopped working, which I discovered when iCal updates didn’t sync from other devices. A restart of the router and Reset Network on the phone fixed that.

    Here’s hoping that 6.1 does indeed fix the battery discharge problem.

  • Hasan A. Kayani

    My iPhone 4s keeps getting crash whatever apps i’m using (message, email, safari, whatsapps, games etc). When i am using the messaging and email what ever i have typed is lost even have to start from scratch all over! Done restore, factory reset!!! But this has been happening from the day i got it upgraded to iOS 6.0!! Have been a iphone user since past 6 months, never faced such issue!!! The battery life also drained out so quickly that at night it’s 100% & when i wake up for office it’s dead!!! In normal time before upgraded i can use for whole day & charged only once per day but now it had to be charged thrice after upgraded even it is the same usage before upgraded. Awaiting for the better upgraded version, hope you wont let your Apple’s users down!!! So else will have to switch!!!

  • Tom

    I went to apple store on 10/6 and they assured me that a fix is on the way…until then I am tethered to an electrical outlet cause the drain is rapid!

  • Joe

    I have iphone 3gs ios 6 jailbroken the battery life is apploring for me , even killing of 3g and location settings dont really do alot . if i full charge it n play on it in bed ..if i leave my wifi on overnight it will be dead..sort it out apple otherwise people will do downgradeing like me untill you sort it out :D

  • hdz062

    my iphone 5 has bad battery life when i’m actually using an app. To be specific the stock messaging app. It goes down 1% almost every time i send out a text. That’s just plain out sad!!!!!!! also when i’m the web it drops quite fast and I don’t even get LTE in the area where i live! I can only begin to imagine how it will be once LTE is available, I probably will have to avoid using it. However, I am unsure if i should get a different phone or not.

    on the contrary, my girlfriend’s 4S on iOS 6 has better battery life than on the latest iOS 5.

  • rob0229

    I took my Iphone 4 off the charger at 8am. its 4:15 now and I have 13% battery left. I didnt use my phone all day long except to check my email twice for approximately 3 minutes. I updated a week ago and this is the first time it has done this. I bought my Iphone 4 the week it was released around 2 years ago.

  • ramosel

    iPhone 4. Had this problem when IOS-5 came out. They had an update with the fix out within a few days. Now my battery life is lucky to be half of what it was before IOS-6 with no change in usage. Not the same company without Jobs.

  • Jim

    Long time apple customer I am/was an insider worked with woz’s company fusion io so don’t take what I am about to say the wrong way but apple has seriously jeopardized my business my phone (and many of my engineers phones ) dies on standby after three hours! With no location services no wifi no Bluetooth and no background apps! WTF! As a commercial product developer how in the world can a company make a major release without an easy option to roll-back to a previous version. Say what you want about google , at least they understand basic software development rules like an easy way to support code roll back. Apple lost a loyal customer and advocate today I have sold all my stock and have been telling my clients who ask my advice to steer clear of apple obviously they have lost their savvy ness since the death of their leader Steve jobs! I believe we have seen the best of apple and for the next few years we will see a slow decline!

  • Mark johnson

    I have an 4S, last night at 11pm i had about 80% left, just woke up this morning at 7.30am to find my phone dead, this has never happened to my phone before and i havent done anything different to cause the problem

  • Matt

    I’ve had my iPhone 4S since it was released and have had no issues with the duration of the battery until I updated to iOS6…
    The phone won’t last from 8am to 5pm without running out of battery.
    I have tried turning off many features that I have previously had switched on (which didn’t affect battery life in iOS5) and the result has been the same. I turned off Wi-Fi searching, turned brightness down (completely dim), killed all running apps and used sparingly.
    Today the issue was even worse as my 4S died at around 3:30pm which is much earlier than usual..
    I hope Apple can fix this issue for customers with older devices such as myself as it appears users of the iPhone 5 aren’t experiencing the same issue, or if they are the coverage of said issues are minimal.
    iOS6.0.1 or 6.1 whichever comes next has to fix this issue as I can’t have a phone that doesn’t last a day without considerably usage.

    • mohd tashli

      man it depends on your battery usage and wifi take alot of charge and try apple doctor on apple store

  • rad0128

    I had a Apple 4 with no battery problems and upgraded to 4S. Still no battery problems. I upgraded recently to IO6 and IMMEDIATELY started to experience SEVERE battery problems. Battery does not last 4 hours with all applications turned off except email. Even with just email running, i only receive and spend no time exchanging. This is really bad. I am thinking about reverting back to old operating system until a fix is out. Anybody comment on reverting back to old operating system??

  • WDA

    I’m having the same problem since downloading iOS6 on my iPhone4. Battery drain has accelerated and typically goes from 100% to less than 50% within a matter of two hours (with minimal use) and drops to <5% within another couple hours. Obviously a huge problem since it renders the mobile aspect of my mobile phone moot. Hope a fix happens soon.

  • Mike

    I love my iPhone 4S please fix the battery problem! Fast please!

  • Mike 2A

    Upgraded my 3GS to OS6 what a mess, I went from charging everyother day or so to must charge everyday in standby, if I make a few calls it won’t last the day, Is this a ploy to get people to buy the new IPhone? I like my IPhone but this makes me want to jump ship, hopefully they will put out a patch and fix this problem they created.

  • jk

    after i updated my iphone to ios6 .. the battery life is not good . I charged my phone to 100 % then after i received a phone call the battery percentage down to 90% for the duration of call is 2 mins. only… also my facetime application is missing in my 4s .. ios6 is the worst update ever… i hope they will this issue

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.payne.75 Debbie Payne

    3GS iphone updated software to ios6 and battery started draining rapidly. I see I’m not the only one.

  • Brandygirl

    I have a 4s and the battery only lasts 6-8 hrs and that is not talking or using my phone much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hannah.millwardhopkins Hannah Millward-Hopkins

    I’m having my battery draining within 12hrs with minimal use on my 4th generation iPod touch.

  • Xxman

    I just now updated my iPhone4 and regretting… Ahh I did a biiiig mistake by upgrading my iPhone to iOS6

  • Dave

    Upgraded to the 4s from the 4 to after two years and yeah, I noticed the battery issue on the 4 as soon as I upgraded to iOS6. I thought it was because the 4′s battery had hit is mark, but it’s actually been much worse on the 4s. I resent having to get iPhone5 just to have a decent battery life again. Thinking about just taking it back and going with the Galaxy.

  • Josh

    APPLE SORT UR S***T OUT, this is pathetic i have a 4s and this battery drain is rediciouls, sort it out before i move to samsung honestly trying to stay loyal but this is beyond a joke now

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vtwright Van Wright

    I purchase two Iphone 4s lase December. The batter would last at least two days, longer other periods but not less than two days. Now I am lucky if the battery last 12 hrs.

  • lmc

    Now have less battery life on iPod 4th. Everything is smaller and crammed together. Not user friendly and takes a long time now to load. Only the 4g devises can carry this bloated software.

  • Chad W

    90% battery life at 10pm, I wake up at 530am for work and there’s only 56% left. I even killed all background running apps before bed. 4s My first iPhone and I hate it. I got a replacement because the touch screen wouldn’t work at times and the power button stop working…apple is lame….I’m going back to android when my contract is up.

  • Daniel

    Yes, there are NO WORDS to describe how bad iOS 6 works on iPhone 4S !!! My telefon dies after 4 hours os usage… and standby 8 hours. THIS IS A JOKE!!! and dont write me to turn pff 3G and Gps. Before, with 5.1.1 I had usage about 8 hours!!!!!!

  • Edi K

    I have been experiencing battery drain and overheating since I updated my IPhone 4S to the iOS6. I have noticed the overheating starts right after I open any GPS enabled app, like Maps, Instagram, etc.. The reason I find is that the app remains working after I exit to different apps. Apple: Please FIX!

  • jojo

    im thinking of removing all of the application installed, will this work, i dont know.. hoping for a 4s ios 6.0 battery problem ASAP resolution..

  • Carrie

    I have the iPhone 3GS and after the iOS 6 update my phone started shutting off at 50%-35% saying the battery was dead and needed to be plugged in. Even after the 6.1 update nothing has changed. This keeps making me very angry. Apple really needs to fix this. I do way to much on my phone for it to keep doing this.

  • Kesav

    After IOS 6.0.1 upgrade my iPhone 4 battery drains, signal flops frequently where I used to get full signal before the upgrade and my mobile heats :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/cchangs Christine Siduguen

    I updated to 6.01 and the battery drained like i have never seen before. I went to bed with 100% and woke up with 70%. The only apps in the notification centers are phone, message, skype, facebook, viber and maybe two others!

  • omar

    i feel sorry for those having issues with the new ios… i upgraded my 4s about a week ago and if anything it has improved my battery life. i’m loving the new features and extended battery life

  • Charity

    I upgraded my iPod Tough 4th Gen the day before yesterday to 6.0.1 My charge was fine before ad would last me over 1 days use…….NOW my charge bar is NOT moving at all…….I leave it plugged in all night and when I’m not using it and the charge does NOT move at all. I don’t know what % it is at because it does not show the %. SOOOOO NOT HAPPY!!!!!

  • Merim

    I had fighting with this fu***** problem hours and hours. Yesterday I installed ios 6.1 to me and my friend also replaced broken screens to both and changed new battery to my phone. Now when I put my phone in charge, it looks like its charging, but its all the time at 8%, and dont move from that. It goes off itself sometimes. Sometimes when I boot it, the battery level might switch from 8% to 28%, but doesnt still charge even if its hour plugged in the socket. It still looks like its charging. My friend said he charged his battery all night, but when took it off from the socket, phone booted itself and showed 2 % battery level, I hope someone could solve this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daveburden David Burden

    On standby, my 4s is behaving perfectly normally, no battery drain issues. However, as soon as I am using it, the phone heats up within 2 minutes to the point where you can feel the right side near the sim and half the back cover gets super hot – exactly where the battery is. This is not even using any graphic intensive apps, I’m talking about Whatsapp/Email etc. I have installed a system profiler app which reports CPU use totally normal so it’s not that sucking down the juice I’m sure – more like something wrong with the screen brightness or maybe defective battery? Gets pretty hot whilst charging which may be due to the crappy fluctuating electricity current here in Indonesia. Could this be the culprit and have damaged the battery? I’ve had it a year now and it started doing this 2 weeks after I upgraded to iOS6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charuka.wick Charuka Wickramasekara

    Earlier my iPhone 4S battery life lasted for 2 days. Now with 5 hours usage less than 20%. Apple needs to fix this very soon because I’m getting so annoying right now. I’m a Appleholic and a very loyal one for Apple. But Apple doesn’t look like trying to solve this right now

  • Joyce

    The battery drain is the same on my mac book pro. I upgraded under supervision fom staff at the apple store and the so called brilliant ISO6 has relegated my wonderful machine to a that of a horrible PC. It drains battery life at an unpressedent rate….i now have to plug in nearly every hour……..Sort it out APPLE.

  • Andrea

    IPhone 3GS.
    Battery drains in 12 hours even if in airplane mode the entire time :-(

  • Chrissy

    I have the 4s with the new 6OS. All apps unstable and shutting down, calendar & email are not opening. Battery life drains quickly, I have to keep on charge all the time and I don’t even use my phone very much.

  • shelly

    After the update my ipod drains within 10 minutes, ill charge it all night long and the next day it will drain within 10 minutes, any way to fix this problem?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=652000051 Drew Cobb

    New software suckin’ the life out of my phone. It will shut down with 50% of the battery still avail. Bad software update! Hurry up, this is crampin’ my style!

  • Niquitta

    Lately when my battery gets to 5% it shuts itself off, when you plug it in it starts up right away and shows 6% battery life….. Anyone know how to fix this!?! It never used to do this :(

  • IrshPride06

    Just got a brand new iPhone 4S from AT&T.I’ve sent three text messages, haven’t used facebook, instagram, web browser or anything else at all for that matter. My phone was fully charged an hour and a half ago and is already down to 77%. The phone typically dies in under 4 hours, with my last full charge down to 1% in 3 hours and 15 minutes. I plan on taking my phone to the AT&T store to see what they have to say. This is rediculous!!!!!!

  • tng

    Last week my phone’s battery died and refused to charge and wasn’t recognized by my computer. After a while it decided to charge. Since then my phone randomly shuts off at before the battery drains and loses it’s charge extremely quickly. I went to the Apple store and I was told that my hardware was fine and to try to restore my phone from new. I did this and it did not solve my problem. My phone still drains extremely and can’t last me thought half a day. The only solution I was given by apple was to buy a “new” phone for their replacement cost of $199.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKJ36RQE3RLOYT3IW6B4S3GGUU jack

    charged my battery all night this morning my 4s at 9 am was allmost dead it only started after i installed the 6.1 update no more updates for i think they do it to get you to buy a new phone

  • Ron

    Loaded the new 6.1 software on Tuesday and my Iphone 4 battery is draining within 5 hours of minimal ussage… I did get up to two days… Can I change back…

  • chef

    6.1 update is a scam to get you to by newer iphone apple is doing this purposly dammm crooks.

  • Reymar

    Just updated my iphone 4 from ios 6.0.1 to 6.1 yesterday was really bad im having a poor signal and always searching for cellular signal then suddenly fell into “no service” my iphone was working properly in 6.0.1

  • Faizullah omari

    hey bros i cant update 6.1 version for my i phone 4s can you guys help me ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryankearney.5589 Bryan Kearney

    Ever since ios 6, 6.1 my battery is draining faster. I even thought maybe I should replace my battery, but after seeing all these reports of others losing battery life fast I’m not gonna. I need to charge my iphone twice a day. ios6 is a fail.

  • Jay

    I have a 4s and my batter drains 1% every minute and then when it gets to like 45% it switches off like the battery is completely flat…ANY HELP?

    • http://www.facebook.com/pere.whanau.3 JohnAnne N Kalem Pere

      Phone has been off the charger for 10 minutes and down to 88% already

  • http://www.facebook.com/dunnyboyuk Paul Dunford

    my iphone 4S with ios 6.1.2 dies at 70% no matter whether it is a call, camera or app being used. It will show the battery needs charging (see picture above) and after five minutes (not plugging it in to charge) the phone will start again when pressing the power button, it will then use the remainder of charge up with no problems until about 11% when it switches off again and again after 5 mins it will come on and lasts for ages even when on 1%
    Sort it out Apple as this was ok until IOS 6.1.1 was released
    Roll on the end of this contract in october as i am leaving Apple and going to Samsung.
    battery problems always happen with iphone and i am fed up with it.