iPhone 5 battery worse with iOS 6.0.2, some owners complain

Some iPhone 5 owners are saying the latest software update is crippling battery life. Is your phone affected?

The iPhone 5's latest software update is hurting the phone's battery life, some customers are complaining.

The irate owners say that since installing the recently-released iOS 6.0.2 software , their mobiles are chugging on power reserves like there's no tomorrow. Apple Insider says it's seen a handful of readers getting in touch to bemoan the effect of the update, while other owners have taken to Apple's official support forums to voice their frustration.

"Mine draining like crazy too", one commentor writes. "I went to bed with it at 72 per cent idling, and it was drained by morning. It's been this way for the past two days since I updated". 

Apple site TidBits has also written about the perceived drop in battery life, suggesting that an increased drop in charge could be down to the device checking more often for Wi-Fi networks.

That could make sense, as the iOS 6.0.2 update, released earlier this week, was designed to quash a Wi-Fi bug. One commenter on Apple's forums writes, "Turned off my Wi-Fi this morning and up to now five hours later no battery drain".

Unusually Apple only pushed the update out to the iPad mini and iPhone 5, so if you've got any other type of iOS gadget, it seems there's little reason to worry.

It's tough to know how widespread the reported battery issue is, as the update is recent and only present on a couple of Apple gadgets. To help us get a sense of whether the issue is affecting lots of iPhone 5 owners or not, let us know in the comments or on our Facebook wall if you've installed iOS 6.0.2, and whether you think your phone is losing charge faster than before.

Most reports and comments single out the iPhone 5 rather than the iPad mini, but if you think Apple's tiny tablet is losing charge faster than it should be, then once more head toward the comments or our Facebook wall.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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