Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users are complaining about battery drain problems on iOS 6.1.3

Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users are complaining about battery drain problems on iOS 6.1.3
No sooner does Apple push out iOS 6.1.3 to repair a security problem with the lock screen, than Apple iPhone and Apple iPad users are finding that the battery inside their devices isn't lasting as long as it used to. Additionally, there are complaints about the battery draining even when the phone is not in use. One user posted on Apple's support forum that he used to come home from work and the battery would show 99% after 12 hours. Now, this same gentleman is returning home after work with a dead battery on his handset.

The rate of the battery drain seems fairly consistent based on other posts on the Apple website. It seems that users are losing battery power at a rate of 1% every 7 minutes which is a tad more than 8% per hour. At the extreme, some have reported that their battery went from full to dead in just 3 hours. There have been a number of home remedies that have been suggested including one that some have apparently had success with. It involves running the battery all the way down, and then plugging in the wall charger for four hours. By letting the cell run down to zero, it shuts off any processes that are running and recalibrates the battery gauge. The idea is to free up some running processes that might be stuck.

Another issue that continues to affect Apple iPhone and iPad users is the one that "grays out" the connection to Wi-Fi preventing users from connecting to a Wi-Fi signal. This also seems to affect Bluetooth connectivity. Apple does have a fix for that, which it has posted. Making sure that the Airplane Mode is off, Apple says to restart your iOS device, update your iOS device and restart network settings by tapping on Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. After that, restore your device in iTunes and that should take care of the problem. If not, you need to contact Apple.

Returning to the battery drain issue, surely Apple is aware of the problem and hopefully iOS 6.1.4 will be sent out soon to repair the problem. Have any of you Apple iPhone or iPad users experienced shorter battery life since the update to iOS 6.1.3? Let us know by dropping a comment in the box below.

source: Apple (1), (2) via CNET

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66 Comments

1. edgabimbam unregistered

i have iphone 5, updated to 6.1.3. I dont have huge battery drain like others, but yeh battery life decreased. Furthermore, no problems with wifi connection, just having some problems with 3G but maybe it is fault of my carrier

4. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

which Carrier you have?

5. edgabimbam unregistered

Tele2 LT

15. ottje

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Edgabi you in NL?

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

He is in Lithuania.

25. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

ok understand know

40. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Its just one epic fail after the other for Apple recently...yup thats what you get for throwing guys like Forstell out and making Joey Ive incharge!

2. funnyguy

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

On my ipad I feel that the battery is better after the update.. No problems whatsoever...

3. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

surely Apple is aware of the problem and hopefully iOS 6.1.4 will be sent out soon to repair the problem. yes sure after each update performed by apple the problems are growing instead of decreasing

47. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

At this stage its like a degenerate disease,iOS updates are being pushed through almost by the week now to cure new faults and errors,but each cure is an ifan placebo as in fact the iOS as a whole is getting worse and more buggy with each release

6. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

IOS 6.1.4 will resolve the battery drain issue,but will create some other problems for which IOS 6.1.5 will give a resolution and it goes On and ON

33. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

infinite bucle

7. WyclefJean

Posts: 44; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Apples..simply not juicy anymore..

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't worry, we still have more Apples, like : Japanese Fuji Apple, Granny Smith etc.

31. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And there are alternatives.... Pears, oranges, berries come to mind.

50. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

I work for verizon and oddly enough blackberry has actually made a decent phone im playing with it right now. Iphone killer? Jk Apple doesnt need help with that.

56. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Don't forget "Blackberries", I mean "Blueberries".

8. Aeires unregistered

The fix involving letting your battery go completely dead is insane, who can afford to give up their phone for that amount of time? Is that a one time deal or do you have to repeat the process periodically?

11. mariosraptor

Posts: 178; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

one time deal. just to reset battery stats

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Well, you could also manually kill apps that aren't important. Draining the battery is a bit extreme, IMO. Plus, there is no guarantee that it will work.

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

My battery seems to drain faster through Spotify and heavy streaming than normal. However, we are all waiting for iOS7. So maybe these useless updates will stop.

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Apple has gotten really good at screwing up their phones. I still wonder why someone would buy an iPhone 4S for $99 on contract when they could get a newer and better phone for the same price (RAZR HD, SIII)

29. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Oh ya they are so bad for releasing fixes to what people complain about... I dont think any other phone company pushes out fixes faster than apple does. and people buy the 4s because they want an iphone but don't want to spend extra for the 5. Not that hard to understand.

42. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

But why get an iPhone to begin with? Plus android updates don't damage the devices. The last time I remember hearing a complaint about an update on the Nexus was the calendar bug.

58. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

I beg to differ. The ICS update for the Epic 4G Touch has caused my phone to shut itself off constantly. The only way to get it to turn back on is to remove the battery and restart. The phone is still on and burning battery while it is "off", it just won't turn the screen on, and in the battery meter, it showed that the battery died (which it didn't). I've fine through 3 replacements, all with the same problems. I'm hoping JB comes soon to fix it...

59. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I'm talking about the Nexus 4 not a device limited by a custom skin or carrier. It's the pure Google experience. What carriers and manufacturers choose to do to their phones isn't Google's fault.

51. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Lol well im just going to throw this out there for you to think about. Maybe it should be QUALITY over quantity? with over 100 billion in savings you would think they could afford to invest in QUALITY.

13. NoamEvro

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

So Apple.

14. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

have noticed that drain!..... cmon apple, get it together!!!....

16. vineethgajula

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I own ipad after updating it to 6.1.3 i felt there is not much draining of the battery

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