iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 Review: Final Impressions
Earlier this week, Apple rolled out a brand new update, iOS 6.0.2, for the iPhone 5 and iPad mini which the company aimed squarely at fixing Wi-Fi issues that had cropped up with iOS 6 and persisted even after it issued an iOS 6.0.1 update. We already took a first look at the update when it was first released and now, it’s time to take another look in our final iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 review.
Two days ago, Apple surprised iPhone 5 and iPad mini owners with an update to iOS 6.0.2. The update came as a surprise because owners of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, myself included, just assumed that the next update would be iOS 6.1 which just hit the fourth version of its beta and should be out sometime in the weeks ahead. However, it seems Apple deemed the Wi-Fi issues affecting iPhone 5 owners worthy of their own fix and thus, iOS 6.0.2.
iPhone 5 owners, since the release of iOS 6 had been dealing with Wi-Fi issues which included problems holding a connection, weak connections, and more. Prior to iOS 6.0.1, I had trouble retaining a connection with my home Wi-Fi network. It fixed those, but there were still times when I would get an extremely weak and sometimes non-functioning connection even when my other devices were completely fine.
The pleas from iPhone 5 owners seemed to be enough for Apple to jump into action and on Tuesday, Apple released iOS 6.0.2, an update that had just one fix in its changelog. And that fix of course was one that was supposed to fix the Wi-Fi issues.
So, after using the update extensively for the past two days, it’s time to take a final close look at iOS 6.0.2 and whether it fixed things, brought any new bugs, and some thoughts about the next update, iOS 6.1.
WI-Fi Issues Resolved
Apple’s fix contained in iOS 6.0.2 has greatly improved my Wi-Fi connectivity with both my home network and networks that I’ve used outside of my home. There were times both at home and away from it where my iPhone 5 would be connected to a Wi-Fi network and I would just get absurdly slow data, forcing me to switch to 4G LTE or 4G HSPA. These are networks that I used to be able to use, with ease, with my iPhone 3GS.
Now, everything appears to be normal. I’m able to get a fast connections on my home network and networks at places I frequent. Again, that Wi-Fi issue was a bit sporadic for me but I have noticed an improvement after installing iOS 6.0.2.
4G LTE Runs Great
I’ve received a number of emails over the past couple of days asking me about 4G LTE connectivity. There is a massive thread going on over at Apple wherein users were reporting stability issues with 4G LTE. People weren’t able to hold down a 4G LTE connection or the connection was weak. And yes, these people proclaimed to be in areas where 4G LTE was available making it seem like an iPhone issue.
Personally, I’ve never seen this issue. My 4G LTE connection has surprisingly been fantastic on my iPhone 5 using AT&T’s network. So, 4G LTE is still running great as it always has been.
One thing I will point out is that the last person on that thread claims that his/her 4G LTE connection improved after iOS 6.0.2 and since the update rolled out, the thread has been silent. So, it looks like the update may have squashed that bug for some people, even if others claim to still be seeing the issue.
No Battery Issues
Another issue that iPhone 5 users have been reporting is terrible battery life after installing iOS 6.0.2. Evidently, users are seeing the battery drain without any usage with one user saying that he saw his phone grow warm and the battery drain from 97 percent to 85 percent when traveling from Santa Monica to LAX airport which is a fairly short distance for those unfamiliar with California.
The user also stated that he put the iPhone into airplane mode while on the plane. And then, once off the plane, the iPhone was cool and the battery had drained completely.
Battery life issues always surface after iOS updates so it’s no surprising to see users complaining after updating to iOS 6.0.2. From my end, my battery life is perfectly fine. My iPhone 5 doesn’t drain abnormally when idle and I even put it into Airplane Mode to see if I could recreate this issue but it actually saved me a much of battery life.
I don’t doubt that some people are experiencing issues because there are more than a few that are seeing it, but thus far, it’s smooth sailing for me.
Unfortunately, those users may have to wait until iOS 6.1 because Apple employees are on vacation.
No More Reboots, For Now
One thing that struck my iPhone 5 right after installing iOS 6.0.2 was a random reboot. For those that don’t know, I’ve been dealing with this issue since I got my iPhone 5 back in September. The phone will random shut off for a few seconds, show the boot screen, and then quickly take me back to the lock screen. It happens infrequently and it’s more of an annoyance than anything.
The issue persisted with iOS 6.0.1 and I was hoping that iOS 6.0.2 would take care of it. Unfortunately, right after installing it, the device rebooted as I was sending an iMessage. Since then though, I haven’t seen the issue.
At the very least, it has not happened on a daily basis like it used to and that’s a huge plus.
Final Thoughts on iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5
For me, this update improved my Wi-Fi connection and may have lessened the blow of the random reboots while keeping my 4G LTE connection and battery life as solid as they always have been.
I realize that there are iPhone 5 owners out there that are complaining about issues, particularly the battery life, after updating to iOS 6.0.2 but thus far, I have not seen that issue occur on my device and I have it attached to my hip.
So, for the most part, I think most iPhone owners are safe installing this update. Those with apprehension can wait for iOS 6.1 to arrive, which should be in January or February, though I guarantee you hear complaints about battery life, connection issues and more after that update as well. It will just come from the vast minority.
How has your iOS 6.0.2 update experience been?