Apple’s iOS 6.1 Causing Looping Issues, Battery Drain

iPhone users who upgraded to Apple Inc.’s iOS 6.1—released Jan. 28—are reporting a host of issues, including battery drain, overheating and 3G connectivity problems. Hundreds of users, in fact, have posted on the Apple Support Community forum, reporting problems with all iPhone models but most significantly trouble with the iPhone 4S.

One user, who began a thread on the forum Jan. 29, offered a possible—yet unproven—solution.

“I went to see the genius (at the Apple store) yesterday. My problem was that my usage was almost identical to my stand by times, which means that something was continuing to run in the background after closing all the apps,” the user wrote. “I was told to turn off location services and then one by one turn each in turn to see which one was causing the drain on the battery. I was impatient so just factory reset the handset which seems to have fixed the problem.”

The problems are extensive enough that British carrier Vodafone sent a text message to all its subscribers warning them of the issues and advising them to avoid updating to the latest iOS version until a fix is in place.

“We’re aware of an issue caused by Apple iPhone 4s handsets that have been upgraded to iOS 6.1 which impacts performance on 3G,” Vodafone wrote to its subscribers. “Some customers may occasionally experience difficulty in connecting to the network to make or receive calls or texts or to connect to the Internet. Apple is working on a solution to their software issue. These connection problems are intermittent.

“While Apple’s investigations continue, we would recommend that anyone who has not yet installed iOS 6.1 on their iPhone 4s should delay doing so until Apple has confirmed that their problem has been fixed.”

French tech blogger Michel de Rooij offered a possible theory to the battery-drain issue Feb. 8. Rooij believes the problem relates to Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange. He says iOS 6.1 is “throwing up malformed meetings, causing devices to get into a sync loop, which in turn causes excessive transaction log growth on Exchange mailbox servers.” Although there is no proof the two issues are related, it could certainly explain why only some iPhones are experiencing battery drain since not everyone uses Exchange.

The “continuous loop” issue has even led AOL to disable its corporate employees’ ability to manage meetings via iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices using iOS 6.1. AOL CEO Michael Freker told 9to5Mac the firm’s corporate enterprise messaging operations team monitored a rapidly increasing and unusually large volume of traffic across its enterprise mail environment originating form iOS devices running 6.1. The team found that when devices synchronized a recurring calendar meeting invitation, they would continuously loop.

The iOS 6.1 release added LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 iPad carriers worldwide. It is not uncommon for new iOS releases to be riddled with minor issues, generally related to battery life and connectivity. According to Mashable, Apple is already working to resolve the 6.1 issues and has already released iOS 6.1.1 to developers. But according to Apple’s release notes, the bet software for 6.1.1 only includes improvements to Maps for Japan.

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