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Sporadic iPhone 5 and 4S battery life problems continue

We’ve experienced iPhone 4S battery life problems in the past and this had been fixed with an iOS update, although we’ve not met a single battery issue since and certainly not with the new iPhone 5. Having owned every generation of iPhone over the years you learn a few things about Apple phones, and it seems the strangest occurrence is problems that arise after installing a software update. This has been seen with the latest iOS 6.0.2 update that has caused thousands of iPhone 5 owners to complain about battery life problems once again.

It is worth pointing out we’ve installed the iOS 6.0.2 update on our iPhone 5 and iOS 6.0.1 for the iPhone 4S in our office, and neither of these handsets have a problem with battery drain. This shows that the continued battery life issues we hear about are sporadic, and seem to happen after installing a new update. Some people are affected and others aren’t, so should Apple offer a solution for when this happens to iPhone users after installing a new update?

For some people it’s extreme – when we experienced iPhone 4S battery life problems shortly after that handset launched, it had been extreme with over half the battery draining overnight without any use. It seems some people are reporting crazy battery loss once again with the iPhone 5 especially after installing iOS 6.0.2. One PR reader explained that they are losing “over 15% an hour“, which in our opinion has to be software related considering these issues arise after installing a new update.

How is your iPhone 5 battery life after the iOS 6.0.2 update? You can read a forum post here on Apple’s official discussions website, which features one user explaining their iPhone 5 is draining battery after iOS 6.0.2 and this resulted in more than 200 replies and 20,000 views of that forum post. It is worth pointing out that 6 days before this thread had been started we touched on battery problems being reported by our readers in this article.

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