Sometimes you only need one reason to make a change when it comes new technology and software, and the growing list of iOS 6 problems are certainly making it easy for certain users to want a downgrade, so they can go back to a better performing device. Apple’s iOS 6 has caused problems with battery life for iPhone 4/4S users; the new maps are problematic in a number of ways, especially with those that relied on Google maps with iOS 5. These are two of the most reported problems with iOS 6, although they’re at the top of a list including Wi-Fi issues and other things causing users to grow more frustrated by the day.
Your iOS 6 problems depend on the features you use — it is fair to say some people own an iPhone 5 or another device running iOS 6, and don’t experience any issues at all. In Fact we’ve had the iPhone 5 since launch and only discovered a problem with maps in 3D, seen here, but this had only been after looking for that issue after others reported it.
We might not have encountered many problems with iOS 6 thanks to not using features that are problematic at this time, although this cannot be said for all users, and we know that certain iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S users are experiencing extremely bad battery life thanks to upgrading to iOS 6. Some of these people want to downgrade back to iOS 5.1.1 for a much longer lasting battery, which to them is better than waiting for Apple to release iOS 6.1 to fix the battery drain problems.
iOS 6 problems avoided with downgrade — if you really want to go back to some older software, something Apple don’t make easy, then this is now possible for devices using the A4 chip although it does require a jailbreak with Redsn0w. These users might also want an untethered iPhone jailbreak rather than waiting for this option to come to iOS 6. You can read the full how to guide in this article, which explains in detail how to downgrade from iOS 6 To 5.1.1, although as normal take these steps at your own risk.
We didn’t have a choice but to have iOS 6 thanks to it coming with the iPhone 5, although older iPhone and iPod touch users that upgraded might feel a little regret now if they’re experiencing problems. Interestingly it seems that the majority of iOS users have decided to wait a while before updating to iOS 6, something that would be a good tip each year until bugs are fixed, and this news comes thanks to an official announcement.
Apple stated that 100m users have updated to iOS 6, but some analysts point out that there are around 283m users in all using iOS, so this means only around one third have updated. Are you one of the users playing things a little more careful before installing the new software? You can read a little about the battery issues with iOS 6 here, although we’d love to hear from you if you’ve met problems first hand.