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iOS 5 battery issues are real, Apple deploys a fix with 5.0.1 — but it's not over yet

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After iOS 5 was released, many users began reporting battery life problems. After some time, Apple confirmed that the problem is real and a fix is coming. The leading candidate could be iCloud sync, but Apple's Developer Beta for iOS 5.0.1 only mentions "bugs affecting battery life." The release finally came on Thursday, November 10th — but on the 11th, Apple released a brief statement saying that a "few" issues remain.

  • Chris Ziegler

    Nov 11, 2011

    Chris Ziegler

    iPhone battery life: Apple says 'a few remaining issues' persist in iOS 5.0.1

    iPhone 4S camera
    iPhone 4S camera

    According to AllThingsD's John Paczkowski, Apple has just released the following statement regarding iPhone battery life in the just-released iOS 5.0.1 update:

    What makes the statement interesting is that iOS 5.0.1 was ostensibly developed (and pushed out so quickly) primarily to solve battery complaints that had been coming from iOS 5 users on the iPhone 4 and 4S, so Cupertino still has a little bit of work to do. Is there an iOS 5.0.2 in our near future?

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  • Chris Ziegler

    Nov 10, 2011

    Chris Ziegler

    iOS 5.0.1 starts rolling out to iPhones and iPads, battery life fixes in tow

    ios 5 iphone 4
    ios 5 iphone 4

    iOS 5.0.1 has been made available to the general populace by Apple, a build that promises to improve battery life. Other changes include the addition of multitasking gestures to the original iPad, unspecified "bug fixes" for Documents in the Cloud, and improved voice dictation for Australian users — it would seem iOS 5 didn't appreciate that Aussie accent.

    The Verge's team members aren't seeing over-the-air updates on their phones yet, but it's available in iTunes — so grab it and sound off on any changes in battery life you're seeing.

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  • Dieter Bohn

    Nov 2, 2011

    Dieter Bohn

    Apple confirms iOS 5 battery problems, fix coming in iOS 5.0.1

    iPhone 4S battery life
    iPhone 4S battery life

    Apple didn't say exactly what the "few bugs" were, but leading candidates right now are iCloud sync and notifications. Apple has just posted a developer beta for iOS 5.0.1, with the following changelog:

    Emphasis ours above. Hopefully Apple will be able to stick to, or even accelerate, the "few weeks" timeframe it gave to All Things D. In the meantime, we'll be sitting in our Apple Core forums, looking for interim solutions.

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  • Nathan Ingraham

    Oct 31, 2011

    Nathan Ingraham

    iPhone 4 and 4S users reporting dramatically decreased battery life

    iPhone 4S battery life
    iPhone 4S battery life

    Speculation on the cause is running rampant; some people blame a location-based time zone setting, others find trouble with iCloud contact syncing, still others have seen a bug involving calendar reminders in the iOS 5 notification pane. These problems aren't limited to iPhone 4S users, either — many iPhone 4 users are complaining the upgrade to iOS 5 has hurt their battery life. Recommended fixes include disabling the time-zone setting, removing calendars from Notification Center, and wiping, restoring and re-syncing contacts, among many other suggestions.

    Although we found battery life of the iPhone 4S to be quite impressive — and plenty of users posting strong performance — it's hard to pinpoint an exact cause without Apple speaking up. While the company hasn't addressed this issue publicly yet, The Guardian reports that Apple engineers are actually contacting iPhone 4S users directly, asking questions about usage and collecting data to try and find a solution. Additionally, some posters in the 160-page battery complaint thread in Apple's forums have noted they were easily able to get their phones replaced at the Genius Bar. Hopefully the fact that Apple's engineers are soliciting feedback is a sign that a fix is coming.

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