iOS 6.1.4 Problems: Battery Life & Other Issues Hit iPhone 5

After just about every iOS update from Apple, iPhone owners come out of the woodwork and complain about issues with the latest software. Apple’s latest release, iOS 6.1.4 has been no different with iPhone 5 owners clamoring on about issues with the update including abnormal battery drain, issues with the speaker and more.

Last week, Apple released its latest update to its iOS 6 operating system and the fourth update to its iOS 6.1 update since it arrived back in January of this year. iOS 6.1.4 rolled out in a bit of a surprise update to iPhone 5 owners, simply because it did not pass through a beta period. The update, which was only 11.5MB in size, was apparently aimed at the device’s speakerphone as the only listed change in the log was an “Updated audio profile for speakerphone.”

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Apple’s iOS 6.1.4 update is causing headaches for iPhone 5 owners.

Thus far, we haven’t seen a significant improvement with the speakerphone as the experience has been on par with how it was on iOS 6.1.3, the previous version of iOS.

As with any iOS update though, there is always a chance of unforeseen changes to the user experience, for better or for worse, meaning some bugs may have quietly been fixed while others may have hopped on board the latest update to plague users.

iOS 6.1.4 appears as though it isn’t immune to this phenomenon as iPhone 5 owners have started complaining about a number of problems that they seem to be encountering after installing the latest update.

Quieter Than Usual

While there have been some complaints about iOS 6.1.4, they have been quieter than usual. After the releases of iOS 6.1, iOS 6.1.2, and iOS 6.1.3, there were an avalanche of complaints from iPhone and iPad owners about the number of bugs still harassing them after installing the latest firmware.

In the case of iOS 6.1.4, complaints have been few and far between. Our experience thus far with iOS 6.1.4 indicates that the software isn’t much different than iOS 6.1.3, the latter of which was an extremely stable experience for us. Of course, experiences different from user to user and just because we haven’t seen issues doesn’t mean that there aren’t any out there.

In fact, there are several that iPhone 5 owners have been complaining about.

iOS 6.1.4 Battery Drain


iOS 6.1.4 battery life has not been kind to some iPhone 5 owners.

Maybe the loudest issue that we’ve been hearing is in regards to the battery life on the iPhone 5. Users have been reporting abnormal battery drain with their iPhone with some users complaining of a massive battery hit when life idle overnight.

It doesn’t appear to be as widespread as the battery life issues we saw emerge in iOS 6.1 and iOS 6.1.3 but nonetheless, iPhone 5 owners are having problems after updating to the latest software.

We recommend taking a look at our iPhone 5 battery life tips and seeing if one of those resolutions helps to mitigate the issues. If they don’t, it’s best to take the iPhone 5 in to an Apple Store in order to get it diagnosed. As we’ve reported in the past, what appears to be an iOS battery drain issue could very well be a defective battery.

We should also point out that some users are having an adverse affect with battery life with it apparently becoming more stable after installing the latest update. One user tells us that a game that would normally take his battery down 10% in 10 minutes now only drains his battery about 4% in the same amount of time.

Wi-Fi Issues

It appears that the Wi-Fi issues that have been plaguing iPhone 5 owners since the phone’s arrival back in September are continuing to plague owners of the device and in particular, some users are having trouble holding down a connection after installing iOS 6.1.4. We’re also still seeing people with grayed out Wi-Fi.

As we’ve recommended numerous times, users who are experiencing these issues should check out this discussion for an unofficial remedy or head to Apple’s website for an official fix.

Bluetooth Problems

In addition to Wi-Fi issues, we’re seeing and hearing about some issues pairing the iPhone 5 to Bluetooth devices after installing iOS 6.1.4. These don’t seem to be widespread but we recommend checking out this fix if for some reason the problem keeps persisting after installing the update.

Speaker Issue

We saw this with iOS 6.1.3 and now, we’re seeing it with iOS 6.1.4. Evidently, after installing iOS 6.1.4, some users are seeing their speakers suddenly stop working. We can confirm that this happened to an iPhone 4S with iOS 6.1.3 but so far, we haven’t seen it occur on an iPhone 5.

At least one user who tried a hard reset of the iPhone 5 claims that it didn’t work. We still haven’t found a reliable fix for this issue so it’s probably best to take it into an Apple Store to get the phone diagnosed.

Problems from iOS 6.1.3 Persist

iPhone and iPad owners who did not get the upgrade to iOS 6.1.4 are still complaining about issues with the iOS 6.1.3 update that was released many weeks ago.

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Problems from iOS 6.1.3 persist after iOS 6.1.4.

We’ve heard from iPhone 4S owners who are experiencing battery drain and Wi-Fi issues similar to the ones iPhone 5 owners are encountering. Users are complaining about issues with accuracy of GPS and of course, the volume issues with the speaker that iPhone users ran into after updating are still plaguing them.

Bluetooth is also an issue for some owners that remain on iOS 6.1.3.

iOS 6.1.5?

The iPhone 5 runs iOS 6 while the HTC One is on Android 4.1.2 with HTC Sense 5.

iOS 6.1.5 isn’t a given for iPhone and iPad owners on iOS 6.1.4 and iOS 6.1.3.

While these issues are apparently afflicting iOS 6.1.4 and iOS 6.1.3 users, there is no guarantee that Apple will release iOS 6.1.5 to cure these lingering bugs.

Many of them are issues that have been cropping up after every single iOS 6 update and they don’t appear to be affecting a large portion of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. Bugs like the Exchange battery drain bug, which was encountered by millions of owners, are the types of issues that provoke Apple into releasing a quick bug fix.

So while iOS 6.1.5 might be on the minds of iPhone 5 owners experiencing bugs in the latest update and those still having issues with iOS 6.1.3, iOS 7 could very well be the next update for many of these devices.