According to a rather short article from BGR, Apple’s most recent public firmware release (iOS 6.0.2) may have a negative impact on battery life. The new 6.0.2 firmware was exclusively released for customers with either an iPhone 5 or an iPad mini earlier this week on Tuesday, December 18th for the sole purpose of addressing an unnamed Wi-Fi bug.
Due to the way Apple may have corrected the pre-6.0.2 Wi-Fi connectivity issue, iPhone 5 and iPad mini users may notice that their devices’ battery is draining faster than normal, which could be linked to iPhones and iPad minis increasing efforts to scan for Wi-Fi networks.
While I haven’t personally experienced any battery issues after updating to 6.0.2, in fact, I’ve actually seen a slight increase in battery life, other iPhone 5 and iPad mini users may experience different results. Hopefully with Apple’s forthcoming iOS 6.1 public release, those devices that have been negatively affected by this rather minor update will see an increase in battery life.
Stay tuned for additional coverage on Apple, iOS 6.0.2 and 6.1.