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iOS 6.1.3 Brings Battery Drain Issues: Are You Affected?

By Anu Passary , Mar 27, 2013 01:28 PM EDT
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Apple seems to be jinxed when it comes to recent iOS updates. Only a week has lapsed since the Cupertino giant released the iOS 6.1.3 update for iPhones and iPads to repair a security issue with the lock screen, but iDevice users are already complaining of battery drain issues.

Users are inundating the Apple support forums with issues regarding battery drainage even when their iDevice is not in use. The battery on the devices is not lasting as long as it used to, prior to the iOS 6.1.3 update.

Apple released the iOS 6.1.3 software update for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to counter the passcode or lockscreen bug. Anyone was able to gain access to a locked iPhone by simply canceling a call made from the lockscreen and repeatedly pressing the power button.

Even though iDevice users who updated to iOS 6.1.3 confirm that the lockscreen bug issue has been fixed, a new battery drainage problem is now facing the users.

"I have noticed that since the update, my iPad is draining battery at a crazy rate! I left for work today with it fully charged and have not used it all day. (Screen off and in standby mode) and I am down to 80%. That has never happened in the nearly 2 years that I have owned this machine," notes an iPad user on Apple's support forum.

"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," reports Phone Arena.

Post iOS updates, users have often complained of issues related to battery performance and connectivity. This time around is no different, with users complaining of Wi-Fi connectivity issues as well.

iPhone and iPad users are complaining of  graying out of the connection to Wi-Fi, which prevents users from connecting to a Wi-Fi signal. This in turn is affecting Bluetooth connectivity as well. Apple, however, has a fix for this issue and offers a solution on its support page.

Considering Apple is aware of the battery drain issue, hopefully, it will roll out iOS 6.1.4 to fix the problem soon.

Have you updated to iOS 6.1.3? Did you experience shorter battery life?

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