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iOS 6 causing big battery drain for iPhone 4 and 4S users

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:37PM EST

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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.



Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.