Apple has issued an iOS 5 patch, designed in part to fix an issue affecting battery life for devices like the iPhone 4S.
Apple has updated iOS 5 to patch an issue affecting mobile device battery life.
That iOS 5.0.1 update fixes what Apple described as "bugs"
affecting battery life, adds multitasking gestures to the first addition of the
iPad, and tweaks some issues with Documents in the Cloud. It also "improves
voice recognition for Australian users using dictation," according to the
update screen accompanying the software push.
Apple had previously acknowledged a "few bugs" affecting the
battery life of some iOS 5 devices, confirming earlier reports by users around
"A small number of customers have reported lower than
expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Apple wrote in a Nov. 2 statement to AllThingsD
"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."
Reports of battery issues with iOS 5 originally erupted on
the Web near the end of October, with a discussion
on Apple's Website quickly filling with users irate over their
iPhone 4S battery life. "I checked and all my settings are similar to my iPhone
4 (i.e., Bluetooth and ping off, brightness pretty low, etc.)," one wrote.
"Seems to lose 1 percent every 3-4 minutes, even when locked/asleep." Others on
the thread reported battery drain approaching 15 to
20 percent per hour.
In some minor ways, the situation with the iPhone 4S
recalled that of the iPhone 4, whose blockbuster release in 2010 was
nonetheless marred by reports of dropped calls whenever users gripped the
device in a certain way with bare hands.
It took Apple some time to arrive at a solution for the
original iPhone 4 conundrum, namely issuing free rubber bumpers to device
owners. The bumpers blocked the device's exterior antenna rim from skin
contact, resolving the issue. After maintaining that program for a few months
following the iPhone 4's release, Apple abruptly shut down the whole issue with
a note on its Website. In the end, it ended up paying out some $175 million in
Despite the battery issues reported by an unknown subset of
users, the iPhone 4S managed to sell 4 million units by the end of its first
weekend of release, reaffirming the smartphone franchise's popularity among
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