No matter what version of the iPhone you have, you could be in for a rude awakening regarding the battery consumption once you update to the latest operating system from Apple. According to new user complaints, the iOS 6 and many of its high-end features can drain the battery up to 1% every minute. The fixes for this issue are also a little less than savory.
Previously we reported on the battery drain issue for iPhone 4S and iPads when utilizing the iOS 6, and at the time there were no hot-fixes for the problem. But in a detailed article giving a complete rundown of the situation, the vices and some solutions, Computer World lays it all out for mobile users. According to their findings, users have taken to the forum boards, talked face-to-face with store representatives and talked over the phone with Apple staff to try to fix the problem, all to no avail.
In short, there is no official fix for the quick battery drain at this time. However, there are workarounds. You can disable active apps on the phone such as Facebook or Twitter, limiting anything that works as a data drain on the phone. Some users have reported that by disabling Facebook the battery life no longer drains as fast. Of course, you would be limiting yourself to what you access on your phone.
Another alternative is to turn off cellular data and 3G. By deactivating these features and doing a manual restart you’ll be able to get more life out of your iPhone or iPad while using iOS 6. If you want to use any features that require 3G or cellular data, you’ll have to turn them on and restart, do what you have to do and then turn the features off again before restarting the phone. It’s cumbersome, but it works.
The problem, however, only seems to be present with factory unlocked phones, as those with carrier locked phones don’t seem to be having the battery drain problem in quite the same way.