Apple’s (AAPL) iOS 6 can’t seem to catch a break lately. Between the Maps app fiasco, limited Passbook usage and redesigned App Store that makes discovering apps even more difficult, iOS 6 seems like an update worth skipping for iPhone 4 and 4S users. According to reports from MacObserver and hundreds of messages on the official Apple discussion boards, iPhone 4 and 4S users who updated to iOS 6 are seeing their batteries drop from 100% fully charged to under 50% in a handful of hours – on standby.

Some users have suggested the Maps and Passbook app are the culprits and that turning off location services provides a temporary fix. It’s not uncommon for battery issues to pop up when a new iOS update is released. When iOS 5 was released last year, iPhone users who updated from iOS 4 also suffered excessive battery loss. BGR reviewed iOS 6 on an iPhone 4 and didn’t notice any substantial drops in battery usage.

 

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Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. He first realized his love for technology when he burned through so many AA batteries on the original Game Boy that scraping battery acid off it became the norm.