Some Users Cite Erratic Battery Life, Syncing Issues Following iPhone OS 3.1.3 Update

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Date: Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 08:40
Category: iPhone, News


Despite Apple’s best intentions, the iPhone OS 3.1.3 firmware update may not have gone as well as the company would have liked.

Per iPodNN, a number of users over on the Apple Discussion Board have reported that issues such as erratic battery life have emerged.

In certain cases, the unit’s battery meter may potentially swing wildly, for instance going from 25 to 7 to 10 percent, then jumping back up to 24%.

Worst-case scenarios may see phones losing hours of power, and even running unusually hot. The v3.1.3 firmware was in part meant to correct battery meter trouble on the iPhone 3GS.

Another major problem involves iTunes playlists, which in some cases are failing to sync properly with the iPod touch. While files will copy over properly, playlists may be empty or simply absent. The glitch is believed to affect only smart playlists, and potentially only those with multiple criteria. Temporary workarounds may include reducing criteria to a single field, and/or deleting and remaking previous playlists.

Apple has yet to formally address or fix either of the cited errors.

If you’ve seen this issue on your end, please let us know.

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5 Responses to “Some Users Cite Erratic Battery Life, Syncing Issues Following iPhone OS 3.1.3 Update”

  1. My 3GS became inoperable when I tried to update last night.

  2. i am using 3gs and updated my os from 3.1.2 to 3.1.3 and i am also getting the battery, heating and sync problems.

  3. My 3g became inoperable and I had to do a restore on another computer.

  4. Three incidents so far. In all three, the iPhone 3GS discharged in about 4 hours with no usage except standby. In two of those, a reboot (turn it off, turn it back on) returned the phone to normal. In one incident however, the phone would not reboot and would not charge. Finally after many off/on retries the phone turned on and started charging normally.

  5. Since updating, my battery constantly runs out of power. That never happened before. I wish i could go back to the way my iPhone was before the updater.