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  • Users Reporting Poor Battery Life and Wi-Fi Issues On iPhone 5 with iOS 6.0.2


    Apple recently released the iOS 6.0.2 update for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, which is said to resolve some Wi-Fi issues that some users were facing. In the process, some users are saying it seems to have also reduced their battery life. A handful of users have created a thread at Apple’s official support forums to share their own evidence of battery problems with iOS 6.0.2. Comments that were being made were typical with users saying they noticed their battery was draining “substantially faster” and referencing how their iPhone doesn’t last them as long throughout the course of a day.

    Other users are posting that the release of iOS 6.0.2 which was said to fix Wi-Fi connectivity issues actually did the opposite by introducing Wi-Fi problems for them. One thing to note here is that the users complaining about issues with battery draining or Wi-Fi connectivity all seemed to have an iPhone 5. There wasn’t any mention of iOS 6.0.2 issues with the iPad mini.

    As per the usual, there are also many users who are stating they haven’t experienced any issues since the update. For those of you who updated, what has your experience been like?

    Source: Apple Support Forums via Ars Technica
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Users Reporting Poor Battery Life and Wi-Fi Issues On iPhone 5 with iOS 6.0.2 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      I have noticed battery issues when not connected to wifi more after the 602 rollout. It's to be expected, but I have noticed it.
    1. LivesForJihad's Avatar
      LivesForJihad -
      Quote Originally Posted by David03181986 View Post
      I use to have bad wifi issues and if you still do then what I did to fix is was change the security on your router. The iPhone 5 has WPA2 issues and will work a lot better on regular WPA. Or make an invisible network with no security. I went from taking a half hour to download an app to instant again. Good luck
      If anyone takes this advice, then you deserve to have your network broken into. Just because the device cant see the SSID, does not mean the SSID can never be found by rouge hosts. People like you are the ones who get their identity stolen.
    1. cgfusion's Avatar
      cgfusion -
      No problems on my iPhone 5 with or without the recent upgrade. I love my iPhone 5 and all my other Apple products, never have had a issue.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      I find it funny that people without any issues chime in this thread.
      If you don't have the problem you do not even need to click this thread!
      As if people with the problem would some how diminish their iDevice, so they have to chime in to offset that...
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      I find it funny that people without any issues chime in this thread.
      If you don't have the problem you do not even need to click this thread!
      As if people with the problem would some how diminish their iDevice, so they have to chime in to offset that...
      I find trolls funny. They are so fed up with their own sad lives they chime in places they are neither respected or wanted.
      As if somehow typing stuff takes them away from their petty real life's.....

      Perhaps people 'chime' in to say that although there are reports of issues, it's not affecting everyone? How about that?
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      I find it funny that people without any issues chime in this thread.
      If you don't have the problem you do not even need to click this thread!
      As if people with the problem would some how diminish their iDevice, so they have to chime in to offset that...
      So kinda like you're doing? What you're saying had no relevance to the article at all.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Let's get back on topic please.
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Will Apple ever release a good update to IOS or MAC OS????

      I have never updated either my iPhone 5, mini or rMBP and I have experience no issues so far.

      I dont trust Apple at all and frankly their inability to fix systemic problems borders on criminal. Why does each patch/release create new problems? Don't they test?

      For many of you with WIFI issues, I hope you have gone as far as to get a replacement unit as I suspect many of these instances are faulty hardware in the iPhone 5.
    1. towboattrash34's Avatar
      towboattrash34 -
      Everyone I know has battery issues with the 5 on 6.0 including me.
    1. ndproductions's Avatar
      ndproductions -
      Very much facing the battery issue after the upgrade, and the firmware update which was noticed within the update feels like it had something to do with it!
      (2 week old iPhone 5, thus it does feel different completely which came with 6.0.1 and no issues at that time till the update was done!)

      Any advise anyone?
    1. David03181986's Avatar
      David03181986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LivesForJihad View Post
      If anyone takes this advice, then you deserve to have your network broken into. Just because the device cant see the SSID, does not mean the SSID can never be found by rouge hosts. People like you are the ones who get their identity stolen.
      True but if you set your device ip's and mac address only then you will not have any issues getting anything stolen
    1. LivesForJihad's Avatar
      LivesForJihad -
      Quote Originally Posted by David03181986 View Post
      True but if you set your device ip's and mac address only then you will not have any issues getting anything stolen
      I guess you have never heard of spoofing a MAC address?
    1. desmondwong's Avatar
      desmondwong -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZipZapp View Post
      Will Apple ever release a good update to IOS or MAC OS????

      I have never updated either my iPhone 5, mini or rMBP and I have experience no issues so far.

      I dont trust Apple at all and frankly their inability to fix systemic problems borders on criminal. Why does each patch/release create new problems? Don't they test?

      For many of you with WIFI issues, I hope you have gone as far as to get a replacement unit as I suspect many of these instances are faulty hardware in the iPhone 5.
      well, i do not update my OS as well, normally i update after a very very long time. say bout 3-5 months later,
      hoping everything is stable by then. still using my snow leopard w/o any problems.
    1. nicrfe's Avatar
      nicrfe -
      Quote Originally Posted by 14u2nv View Post
      I've had wifi issues since I got the 5. When I leave a wifi network, it goes to edge and stays there until I restart or put it in/out of airplane mode. I've been through two phones, a different sim and reset every setting imaginable numerous times. I was hopeful that this update would fix it, but it doesn't seem to have made any difference one way or the other. I have my 5 for sale and will be going back to a 4s. Very disappointed.
      I have the same issue. I have to put the phone into airplane mode to get it to reset the connection before I can use the Internet about 5 times a day everyday
    1. Blue's Avatar
      Blue -
      There are aways some users among millions reporting battery issues for very device and every iOS version ever made....

      Disable Wifi, Bluetooth, local weather and other GPS services (local reminders) that you don´t need.

      It´s technical nearly impossible that the same new devices with same OS have battery issues and others don´t (except your battery is broken wich has nothing to do with the OS)

      I recommend (for every smartphone) three docking stations: home, car, work

      The other thing are connection issues, mine are solved since 6.0.1
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Good to see you still around Blue!

      Are you on the iPhone 5 now?
    1. desmondwong's Avatar
      desmondwong -
      my phone crash while updating to 6.0.2. LOL
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I have an iPhone 5 and I am running 6.1 beta 4. I have had Wifi problems on 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.0.2, and every beta of 5.1. I have even replaced my iPhone 5 and the problems still persisted. I have had every iPhone since launch, an iPad 2 and an iPad mini, and several computers (Mac and PC) all connect to this network with no problems. It EVENTUALLY connects on my iPhone 5 but as soon as I lock the screen it loses the connection. I love the device apart from this, but it is a big thing to be having issues with. Plus it's a drag to constantly read about all these cool tweaks and be able to use none of them.
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      I just got my i5 last week and exchanged already. Had scuffs and dents in the side, and this new one has software issues and a notably loud clicking when shaken or set down, like something's loose. I'm taking it back tomorrow again to Best Buy. Super Pissed. The worst was when i tried to send a text message to my buddy, and the send button wouldn't respond. I had to restart the phone to send a text message.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Oh no, I just updated to 6.0.2 via iTunes and my battery is draining extremely fast. 50% with 5 hours . Apple shouldn't have released this update.