The iPhones have traditionally had a good battery life when compared to Android, and that is because there aren’t many memory intrinsic apps running in the background and also because the power consumption is generally less on iOS (unless you’re on LTE). But things have changed today and most Android devices are on par or even exceed the battery life of the iPhones. That doesn’t mean that Apple has neglected battery life altogether, it’s just that Android OEMs have evolved quickly in that area. However, with the recent major upgrade of iOS i.e. iOS 6, people started complaining of more than usual battery drain. And Apple was quick to react to this issue and posted a fix to the bug with the iOS 6.0.1 update. All was well for a while, but then reports started emerging of iPhone 5 units running on iOS 6.0.1 having troubles keeping the Wi-Fi signal intact as it was apparently switching to cellular networks frequently, which is basically a nightmare for those on limited data plans. So Apple again sent out a fix with the iOS 6.0.2 update a couple of days ago. And it is now being reported that this update has again brought up the battery drain bug. What? Yes, some reports are stating that the battery drain bug has now resurfaced with the iOS 6.0.2 update.
There is no word on as to how many devices or if all devices are affected by this, but this is certainly something Apple would want to look into. iPhone 5 and iPad Mini units are apparently the devices that are experiencing heavy battery drains. This could easily be an isolated incident, as many users are in fact stating that their battery life improved with the iOS 6.0.2 update. So we’re hoping that’s the case. Some say the battery drain is a result of the device scanning or searching harder for Wi-Fi networks, but that hasn’t been confirmed either. It’s not good news for Apple to have info like this coming up every once in a while. If you’re one of those iPhone users experiencing battery drains, do let us know. Not that Android is any good with battery consumption anyways, but with bigger battery packs, it’s barely noticeable these days with new droids.
Apple’s iPhone 5 uses 1,440 mAh lithium polymer battery which is a minor upgrade over the iPhone 4S (1,432 mAh Li-Po battery). Assuming the size of the battery does have a lot to do with the iPhone’s battery life, it would behoove Apple to put in a larger pack inside. But we guess in the pursuit of making the device as thin as possible, all of this is only a pipedream. I’m sure the customers wouldn’t mind a slightly bulkier iPhone with the reward being a longer lasting device, especially with LTE being such an important feature of the new iPhone.