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iOS 6.0.1 update brings iPhone 4S battery issues

Before the iOS 6.0.1 update even arrived we had been hearing about Wi-Fi problems with the iPhone 4S, although following the latest software update we’re hearing about an issue that plagued the iPhone 4S when it first released last year. We’ve heard from a number of PR readers that are experiencing major iPhone 4S battery life issues since installing the iOS 6.0.1 update, and we personally experienced this when the handset first saw a release last year but on an older OS.

An article we published shortly after the launch of the iPhone 4S reveals mixed reactions about battery life problems with the previous software, and considering Apple addressed battery issues in a later iOS update after hundreds of complaints, it proves there had been problems with the iPhone 4S.

Following a few fixes from Apple it seems these were met with a lot of issues again with users stating they saw an “immediate change in battery life” after downloading v5.1.1, which only supports the fact we’re hearing about iPhone 4S battery life problems again with iOS 6.0.1 installed. It is likely that this issue is not one that affects the majority of users, but certainly makes some users iPhone 4S never make it through a day without dying.

Looking at these previous battery life problems with the same handset might show a pattern, and considering not all users are affected with the same software and hardware, it could be related to how the iOS 6.0.1 update is installed or downloaded. There’s also the possibility that a certain set of apps help cause problems with iPhone 4S battery life as well.

We touched on iOS 6 users complaining about battery life a couple of months ago and this met with a few hundred comments, which include a few common statements like “Battery won’t last for a whole day now“, and “Ridiculous is a good way to explain it, have fast battery drain on my iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with iOS 6 installed“. Since then we featured an article on numerous problems with the iOS 6.0.1 update, and again it seems that battery life on the iPhone 4S is one of the most common complaints.

Proof that these issues do not affect everyone – our office includes two iPhone 4S users and one iPhone 5 user, which all have the iOS 6.0.1 update installed apart from one 4S model. We’d like to point out we all get good battery life, as good as it gets for an Apple iPhone, and no Wi-Fi issues so from our perspective it seems this is deja vu for Apple with serious problems for select users.

How is your iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 battery life with the iOS 6.0.1 update? It is worth pointing out that battery problems are being experienced on other smartphones as well, and this includes fast battery drain with the Samsung Galaxy S3 earlier this year.

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