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Apple Admits iOS 5 Battery Problems

David Gilbert


Apple Admits iOS 5 Battery Problems

Following numerous complaints by iOS 5 users, Apple has finally aditted that there are some issues affecting battery life on devices running the updated software.

Since Apple released the software update in the middle of October, users have been complaining, on Twitter, Facebook and directly to Apple themselves about decreased battery life while using iOS 5.

“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,” Apple said in a statement.

The Cupertino company has released a beta version of iOS 5.0.1 to developers for testing to see if it will address the battery issues. Apple hopes to have the updated version of iOS ready to roll out to customers in the next couple of weeks.

As well as the new iPhone 4S, iOS 5 can be used on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and iPad 2 as well as compatible iPod touch models.

Last week, the Guardian reported that Apple engineers had contacted some customers who had reported battery issues and had asked them to input specific keypad codes which allowed the engineers to remotely download diagnostic information.

"I am getting around 10-12 hours standby (without using the phone), and then when I am using the phone for browsing, the battery percentage drops 1 per cent every minute," one person told the Guardian.

iPhone owners among the TrustedReviews team experienced similar battery issues after updating to iOS 5 but we found that turning off services such as iCloud dramatically improved the battery life. However this is certainly not an ideal solution – effectively removing one of the main features of iOS 5.

As well as fixing the battery bugs, version 5.0.1 will add multi-tasking gestures for the original iPad, resolve bugs with documents in iCloud, better voice recognition for Australian users and some security fixes.

These security fixes will hopefully solve the issue whereby anyone can access contacts, messages and emails on your locked iPhone 4S via Siri.

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