iphone side 520x245 Some iPhone users are seeing battery drain and overheating issues after upgrading to iOS 6.1 (Updated)

We have started seeing an increase in iPhone issues related to battery life and overheating. All of them seem to be related to users upgrading their devices to iOS 6.1.

A quick search on the Apple Support Communities forum for iOS 6.1 battery shows this is not an isolated problem. Apple released iOS 6.1 on January 28. It appears some users have been having problems ever since they’ve upgraded: complaints have been coming in from that date all the way till today.

The earliest report we could find was created on January 28 and actually comes from a user reporting great battery life on his iPhone 5. Yet the first reply is from another iPhone 5 user who is “seeing the exact opposite” and the thread goes down from there. It goes on for 11 pages, and at the time of writing has 157 replies.

There’s another 16-page thread started on January 29 (239 replies at the time of writing) and a third started on February 4 with just three replies. All these threads have the majority of their replies coming in today, on February 8.

A fourth thread started on January 29 has the closest thing to a possible solution:

I went to see the genius’ 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.
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.

I’ll keep you all posted on how it continues.

One possible theory links this problem with Apple Mail and Microsoft Exchange. As pointed out by Michel de Rooij (as well as Windows IT Pro, Paul Robichaux, and SharePoint Pro) it appears 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. This then leads to Exchange performance issues and transaction log drives can potentially run out of disk space.

Again, it’s not clear if the two are related, but it’s certainly possible that the reason only some iPhones are having their batteries drained and are overheating comes down to not everyone using Exchange. A temporary fix is available at DevCentral. If you’re experiencing this problem and don’t use Exchange, we would like to know.

Much like with iOS 6.0, some (if not all) of these issues will likely be fixed with an update, probably iOS 6.1.1. In the meantime, if you haven’t upgraded yet, do so at your own risk.

We have contacted Apple about this issue. We will update this article if we hear back.

Update at 3:45PM EST: MacRumors is reporting that Vodafone UK today began sending out text messages to iPhone 4S owners on its network, warning them not to upgrade to iOS 6.1 due to issues with 3G performance. The text reads “If you’ve not already downloaded iOS 6.1 for your iPhone 4s, please hold off for the next version while Apple fixes 3G performance issues. Thanks”

Based on the aforementioned reports, however, we don’t think the issues are limited to just Vodafone UK nor the iPhone 4S model.

A new patent application of Apple has been published by USPTO that will describe new mobile banking model and will make iTunes as micro lending bank. This will allow the users to employ system for requesting small amounts from the iPhone and they will be able to withdraw amount without accessing the ATM.Lending party will charge full account from the browsers iTunes account as well as they will be provided with negligible service fees. The application will work in the real world as; I am in the Starbucks on 4th Jan and need $20, so please send me out. Anyone in the radius will be notified with the request and will provide money to the needy person at his required location.

The method through which this app is working is known as ad hoc cash dispensing model. This can be the best way to connect people and splitting the service charges between the lender and the iTunes. This will boost up morale of people to participate in this matter.

There are plenty of times, when people could not able to locate ATM in the nearby areas or places where no debit or credit card would be accepted. In such scenario, delaying the purchase or killing the desire is the only solution, but Apple has carefully addressed the issue and filed the patent for the application with reasonable service charges. Also the service is quite convenient and easy to use even if users are at vacations.

The patent for this application was basically filed in July 2011, but UPSTO has shared it in the first week of February 2013. Analyst however believes that this app would be mobile payment transfer system. Apple however is welcoming partners to participate in the system by pining down the sources of payments. Indeed this is the best opportunity to address the growth available in the mobile device banking and commerce.

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livingroom2 520x245 Valve co founder Gabe Newell says Apple is the biggest threat to Steam Box

Gabe Newell, the co-founder of gaming company Valve, has revealed that he views Apple, rather than traditional gaming consoles, as the biggest competitive threat to the Steam Box and other PC-based entertainment solutions looking to enter the living room, according to Polygon.

Newell made the remarks during a lecture at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He noted that Apple comes as a threat because it has a “huge amount of market share” and a “relatively obvious pathway” to taking over the living room.

“The question is can we make enough progress in the PC space to establish ourselves there, and also figure out better ways of addressing mobile before Apple takes over the living room?” Newell asked.

He pointed to projects like Miracast, which is baked into Android 4.2 Jelly Bean devices like the Nexus 4, and Nvidia’s Project Shield, which includes support for Valve’s Steam Big Picture mode, as evidence of the increased interest in providing solutions for connecting the living room.

Of course, the Steam Box is also one such challenger. Valve has confirmed it is planning a Linux machine that it will distribute on its own.

“Let’s build a thing that’s quiet and focuses on high performance and quiet and appropriate form factors,” Newell told The Verge earlier this month.

A full-fledged assault from Apple into the living room has yet to materialize, though it has been rumored for years. The company has slowly gained traction with its Apple TV set-top box, selling a record 2 million last quarter, and the iPad is frequently used as a second-screen device while customers are watching TV.

When asked about Apple’s efforts in the television market during the company’s latest quarterly earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said that it continues to be an “area of intense interest” without providing any specifics. Apple is planning a quiet refresh of the Apple TV, but that entails a change in internal components without any noticeable difference for users.

The race for the living room is on. From the looks of it, we’ll soon have plenty of options to choose from.

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