iOS 5.0.1 to solve iPhone 4S battery life issues

By on November 3, 2011
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iOS to blame for poor battery, not hardware.

Earlier this week we reported that many iPhone 4S users were facing severe battery problems, getting anywhere between 4 to 8 hours of usage and hardly a day’s worth of standby time. In a surprisingly quick move, Apple released the iOS 5.0.1 beta yesterday to developers which addresses this problem, among others.

In a statement issued  at the same time as the beta release, Apple said: “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Turns out the problem wasn’t just restricted to iPhone 4S users, but also iPhone 4 and 3GS users who have upgraded to iOS5. While many suggestions were made to improve the battery life issues, especially those where you have to turn off location services, no one fix in particular seems to work.

Improvements in the beta include:

- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
- Contains security improvements


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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