When we first got hands-on with the iPhone 4S last year we noted some major changes right away, which the most prominent had been battery life that made thousands of users turn off all the new features to try and improve how long the juice lasted. Now that iOS 6 has arrived we’re seeing similar problems but on a much smaller scale.
It is always hard to gauge how many people are running into issues, especially considering you have to take into account the amount of iPhone 5’s sold when there’s an issue with new hardware. When it comes to iOS 6 problems there are millions of iPhone owners on a range of models updating, so any glitches will be on a much larger scale than just the new iPhone 5. Over the last few days we’ve seen numerous problems reported with iOS 6, which most notably included the new maps feature that seemed to be a big fail for thousands of people.
Apple’s iOS 6 problems incorporate iPhone 4S battery life — we’ve been contacted by a number of our readers, and also had numerous comments left on PR detailing problems with battery life after installing iOS 6 on the iPhone 4S/4. Some people find the battery life “ridiculous” after updating, and the moment they rebooted the battery “drained like crazy“. Apple’s support community also has hundreds of complaints, which explain different amounts of battery drain and some people note a fully charged battery dropping to below 15% within a couple of hours. This is on a device that worked perfectly before updating to iOS 6, so the problem has to lie with the new software.
When thousands of users experienced battery life problems with iOS 5 and the 4S some people wondered what they were talking about, which seems to be the same this year, and again proves this is a software glitch that can be fixed with a firmware update. We’ve heard from a few people losing well over 20% of battery life per hour, and one PR reader claimed a drop from 45% to 8% in under an hour. This is not normal and certainly not an experience shared by the majority of users running iOS 6, so if you have problems please let us know in the comments.
We’ve been hands-on with iPhone 5 and also iOS 6 running on the 4S model, and over the last 24 hours our first impression is a positive one. It is true that the Apple maps need working on, and for users like us that have had every iPhone it’s well known that bugs arise with new software every year. This now includes iOS 6, but Apple has a good track record for getting things fixed and you should expect most of the Apple maps problems to be fixed in the coming weeks and months. Do you think Apple should have titled the new maps application a “beta” just like they did with Siri?
How is iOS 6 for you, and do you have any major problems? We’ve found issues with the new maps but battery is just fine on our test models, although this doesn’t mean thousands of people are not having major battery life issues, so leave a comment below explaining your problem and what model of iPhone, or iPad, you are using.