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.