I believe the battery meter has changed and may be deceiving some. Before on 6.0.1, I could take my phone off charge at say 8:00 and if not doing much it would stay on 100% maybe until 12:00. Clearly with .5% per hr standby spec in 4 hrs it should be reporting at 98% . Now is seems to be more realistic. I see the meter dropping sooner but the real usage is either the same or better! I got 7 hr 15 min usage and 1 day 15 hr standby while discharging my device to calibrate the battery until it cut off. Today doing the math is was just about dead on.
30 min use
3 hr.30min stby
3.5/200 =.017% stby use .5/9= .055% (wifi use) 100%-(.017+.055)=93% should be remaining. So 94% is about as close as you can get I would say.
Anyway the point here is it appears they adjusted how the battery meter reports and it seems to drop sooner than before but the real actual usage is still as it should be so it seems. (ignoring the idea that the battery meter seems to be less today than it was before 6.1 doing the same things) Anyway that is my observation.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 2:03 PM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
iPhone 5 i64 gb, was iOs 6.0.1, now 6.1.
Narrowed down my EXTREMELY high battery consumption to internet use when on LTE. in 5 minutes lost 20% battery. When on 3g, standby, or just regular not data usage, battery life is normal. Withe iOs 6.01 battery consumption on LTE was approx same as 3g for given "time" on internet, now withe 6.1, LTE is consuming battery at an alarming rate
My Email is POP, NO exchange.
Also noticed today that my 3G data is getting dropped even though I'm showing 4-5 bars signal. Will routinely hang when going to a web site or search, then error that cellular data connection can not be activated. Resetting Safari has no affect. Have to turn off phone and restart, then works for 5-10 minutes or so and loses again.
I have been battling the "OTHER" storage on my phone as well, currently at 4.8GB, now this too?
Going for a complete restore to new, (not form backup) hopefully issues resolved, if not will be trying to go back to 6.0.1til Apple pulls their head out and releases a stable iOs.
We have this battery problem x2!! My wife and I both now have terrible battery life on our iPhone5's since iOS6.1. Don't they test this stuff before releasing it? Between the comments I see on here, news releases and face-book it seems this is a huge problem affecting nearly everyone. Apple, please comment!! Don't just ignore us, this is a big deal!! When can we expect a fix? I do not have time for this or any more iPhone 5 problems...!
I have reset and restored my phone twice and my wife's once, both are still loosing battery rapidly with very little use. My phone has been left alone on the counter and not used at all today and it lost 60% from 8:00am to 3:45pm (starting with a full all night charge). My wife's phone, same story... Before iOS 6.1 we were getting full day use of our phones with plenty of battery to spare (In a normal work day I typically consumed about 40% by the end of the day. Yesterday I had to survive on my charger with minimal use)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
I seemed to have the same issue, I checked all of my settings and under iCloud there were slot of things turned on that I didn't have on before the update. I switched them off and my battery life is slot longer, basically back to the way it was before the update.
Same issue here. I would have a phone on standby for nearly 2 days (with some iMessaging and some email). Now, it won't even stay charged overnight. I use this as my alarm clock and the **** thing discharges and shuts off now. It's as useless as a brick now and frankly if it is not fixed, Im heading to Apple for a full refund plus the cancellation fee for ATT. This is completely unacceptable.
Same here.... IP5 battery is really useless. Such a powerful phone but battery can' t last. It happened to me once,the stupid phone when dead and the alarm did not go off, my daughter was late for school and I was late for work. Thank you Tim Cook for giving users such a wonderful useless phone. You are driving users away.
Good luck on winning me back
Has anyone with battery problems checked the CPU load when the phone should be idling (no WiFi hotspot, no GPS or other intensive background tasks)?
I'm not having problems with my iPhone 5's battery (in fact iOS 6.1 seems to be better than earlier iOS 6 versions but there are so many variables...). Anyway, for me the $0 "System & Monitoring Tools" application reports CPU as: User 4-5%, System 0.0%.
I wish it would report CPU load per application like the Activity Monitor in OS X does. Is there such an app?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 9:43 AM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
I am now on my second iPhone 5 with 6.1. I now realize it was 6.1 that was the problem with the first phone. This thing gets scalding hot as did the last one and battery life is basically none. The phone is barely useable. Right now I am at 1:17 minutes for 40% of my battery. That's with me doing nothing but checking Facebook and two texts!! Gonna try to roll back to 6.0.1 today. Apple please fix this.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
well, i don't know what you all guys are talking about, but 6.1 gave my 4S much better battery life than on 6.0.1, i'm talking on the terms of battery life time, it lasts one full work day (8 am to 5 pm) with 3G on and WiFi when possible, whatsapp and viber running all the time, Push notifications on, and i even play some games like Temple Run and Asphalt 7 when i'm bored !
on 6.0.1 that usage usually drained my battery by 2 pm, now i can go home with about 20% left in the battery
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2013 10:32 AM (in response to Beach Nerds)
> This thing gets scalding hot as did the last one and battery life is basically none
Just curious but what do apps like "System & Monitoring Tools" report for the CPU load?
I guess it should be about 5-10% idle if the iPhone is really idle. Maybe some app in a loop is taxing the CPU?
Follow as written. If no help look to restore via iTunes as a next step. And dont restore your backup. That could put the problem right back in. Test it and see how it works.
1: Reset all settings (settings>general>reset (NOT ERASE ALL SETTINGS)
2 a. Go through initial setup steps (lang, wifi, siri, enable location, etc) and choose setup as new phone (don't worry your apps, data, contacts, mail will still be there). Do NOT restore from iCloud or iTunes (It can copy back corrupt settings)
2 b. If you do not get the complete new setup screen with language setup and setup as new phone or restore from iTune/iCloud backup, be sure to go back to #1 and reset all settings again (it should happen the second time)
3. Turn off system location services timezone and iAd (settings -> location services -> system services)
4. Fully discharge battery (until you get the spinning wheel and it shuts off)
5. Fully recharge battery (overnight if possible)
THIS WORKED FOR MY IPOD TOUCH 4TH GENERATION. THANKS SO MUCH!!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2013 4:35 AM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
On my iPad3 my battery life is exactly what is was a week ago on iOS 6.0. No problems here.
Wait a minute! I'm still running iOS 6.0! THAT explains why I'm not having any new problems. :-)
Guess I didn't see any promised benefit from Apple that would make me want to upgrade.
Hope you all get your phones sorted.