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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