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iOS 6.1.3 Battery Life a Problem for iPhone Users (Video)



Apple’s iOS 6.1 update for iPhone and iPad came with a myriad of issues including a nasty Exchange bug that caused abnormal activity which led to intense battery drain. And while iOS 6.1.2 promised to fix them, it appears that even with the release of iOS 6.1.3, battery life problems are still a big problem for some of Apple’s products.

Read: iOS 6.1.3 Issues Plaguing iPhone, iPad Users.

In January, Apple rolled out its long-awaited iOS 6.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners. The update delivered several new features including new lock screen music controls but it also, unfortunately, brought several issues along with it. One of those issues was severe battery drain for those using the mail client Exchange. Small and large companies use Exchange servers for email and employees started noticing abnormal battery drain shortly after installing iOS 6.1.

iOS 6.1.3 battery life is a problem for some iPhone owners.

iOS 6.1.3 battery life is a problem for some iPhone owners.

A few weeks later, Apple issued iOS 6.1.2 to counteract those Exchange issues which were caused by a bug within its calendar which caused devices to continually contact Exchange servers, which, in turn, caused the terrible battery life. For the most part, we heard good things from owners who had been experiencing Exchange issues. However, we also heard from plenty of others who claimed that the issues persisted, even after installing iOS 6.1.2.

iOS 6.1.2 Issues

Two iPhone owners in particular filled us in on their issues with iOS 6.1.2. We first spoke to an IT employee of a big company and who claimed that an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1.2 had contacted his company’s Microsoft Exchange 2003 server in the neighborhood of 50,000 times. Because of this, the device was almost unusable due to the poor battery life.

Read: iOS 6.1.2 Bugs Frustrating iPhone, iPad Owners.

We also spoke to an iPhone user from a smaller company who had also been experiencing issues with his iPhone and the company’s Exchange 2003 server. He said that his iPhone 4S was downloading emails to his inbox, deleting them, and then contacting the server to re-download them, resulting in a massive hit to his battery life. Even worse, he had to shut off data on his phone entirely because he couldn’t afford paying for the data usage.

Issues Remain in iOS 6.1.3

We have been in contact with the latter of the two since the release of iOS 6.1.3, the latest update from Apple, and it seems like he is still having issues with his iPhone which, as can be seen in the video, continues to contact the Exchange server over and over again, depleting the battery life on the phone.

While it’s still contacting the server, what he does say is that it is no longer deleting his emails. However, again, his iOS 6.1.3 battery life is still far less than it was before the update to iOS 6.1.

He of course is not the only one dealing with iOS 6.1.3 battery life problems. There are an assortment of others that claim that iOS 6.1.3 battery life did not improve from iOS 6.1.2 or that it is even worse. Our own Kevin Purcell claims that battery life on both his iPhone and iPad have become worse after installing iOS 6.1.3.

Battery life issues don’t seem to be the only issue that has arisen with iOS 6.1.3 either. Owners are having difficulties with their Wi-Fi connectivity and of course, we’ve seen that the iPhone 4 still has a lock screen security bypass flaw that allows for unwanted access to contacts and photos.

What’s Next?

It’s unclear if Apple will issue an update to solve the battery life issues with iOS 6.1.3 and specifically with Exchange. It’s clear that it’s an issue but it doesn’t appear to be as widespread as it was prior to the release of iOS 6.1.2 and thus, it’s likely not as big of a priority.

Certainly, it’s possible that we’ll see another update to iOS 6.1 before the arrival of iOS 7, given the discovery of the iPhone 4’s security flaw, but whether or not a battery life fix will be on board remains to be seen.



  1. Larry

    03/27/2013 at 7:34 pm

    R.I.P. APPLE!!!!! It’s time to throw in the towel!!! All that $$$$ and profit and still can’t get it to gether?? And the iPhone 5 the biggest thing yet?? I don’t think so, and 5S or 6 on iOS 7 next?? Gee what is apple going to do to all the buyers on this junk soon now?? More iOS issues etc. I bet Steve jobs would not allow this to happen!!! He would fire Tim crook oh Tim cook??? iOS 7 ahhh another bad spoiled apple again!!! Wa wa waaaaaa!!!!!

    • jan cox

      03/28/2013 at 1:52 pm

      you will cry when you sell your galaxy s3 cos it drop like flies worthless

      • Larry

        03/29/2013 at 9:16 am

        I realize that but I don’t spend triple on a iPhone and be broke!!! But I also have a jail broken white iPhone 5 64 gb new from eBay for only 200 buck and does work, sad thing is a iPhone is worthless unless jail broken!! 200 bucks u can’t go wrong!! And yes your right I can resale the ip 5 for way more I agree with you there!!! iPhone or android?? Think about no matter what you buy all cellular company’s will nickle and dime you!!

  2. michael zedalis

    03/27/2013 at 8:48 pm

    I find your website to be unbiased compared to other sites like CNET. Most of your reports are factual. All the guys at CNET would sleep with steve jobs if they could.

    • Linda

      03/28/2013 at 5:32 am

      I would too if he were alive!!! $$$$$$$

      • Larry

        03/28/2013 at 9:10 am

        U are sick lady!!!!! Let the guy rest in peace!!! Besides you wouldn’t be his type anyways u slut!!

  3. Yostupid

    03/27/2013 at 10:06 pm

    Fhagdroids whining again. This tool in the video has issues, and they don’t lie in his phone. I have 4 exchange accounts confgured (hotmail, gmail, personal, and work) and have zero problems.

    • dirkStryker

      03/28/2013 at 7:57 am

      Hotmail and gmail are not Exchange accounts, they are POP3/SMTP. Unless you use Outlook for your work email, then you don’t use Exhcange and don’t have the problem that this article is referring to, Yoyou.


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  5. Steven Sanchez

    03/28/2013 at 10:55 pm

    Am so glad it itsnt my iphone with the issue it this iOS

  6. Anamika

    03/29/2013 at 4:45 am

    I switched off stock mail box and battery not draining fast.

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