Apple made its iOS 6.1.3 update available to the public last week, quashing a lock screen security flaw that allowed a passcode lock to be bypassed with a few simple taps. But the update also introduced a number of problems of its own. Not only do we now have a new lock screen security flaw, but some users are also suffering battery life issues.
Since installing the latest firmware, users have been flocking to Twitter to report that they’ve noticed their batteries are draining noticeably faster. Many have also been complaining about the issue on Apple’s Support Communities forum.
“Last night I updated my iPhone 4S to iOS 6.1.3 and now it drains my battery in extremely fast manner,” one user wrote. “As I started signing in to write this question from my iPhone I already lost 13 percent of my battery. I never had a problem with a battery and I’ve been using iPhones since the first one.”
“I am too losing 1 percent of battery every few mins,” another user said. “I’ve completely erased all content and settings and started as new but it’s still no good.”
And many more users have echoed these complaints. At the time of writing this piece, the “iOS 6.1.3 battery drainage” thread has had more than 5,200 views, and more than 60 replies. Furthermore, the issue seems to be affecting users completely at random; it’s not attributed to certain devices, or certain carriers.
Some users have reported that they’ve been able to reduce battery drain by performing a hard reset and cycling their battery. But others have attempted this and not seen any improvement.
Have you seen any battery life issues with iOS 6.1.3? Let us know in the comments.