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Apple confirms, and promises to fix, iOS 5 battery drain big

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds, Software

iOS 5 iPhone 4S battery bugYesterday, Apple confirmed that a bug in iOS 5 is draining iPhone battery life on a select number of devices.

"A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Apple said in a statement provided 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."

An Apple spokeswoman confirmed with us that a fix was in the works.

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1 to developers, which includes six updates:

  • fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • adds multitasking gestures for original iPad
  • resolves bugs with documents in the cloud
  • improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • contains security improvements
  • introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations

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Is rapid iPhone 4S battery drain due to a time zone check bug?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones

iPhone 4s battery drainReports have surfaced that the iPhone 4S is home to a battery drain of a bug, and speculation is mounting that the source of the drain is related to the iPhone's Location Services features. And you might be able to blame time zones for that.

Time zones?

"See, it appears that iOS 5′s GM release introduced a bug that causes the Setting Time Zone function to keep the location tracking circuitry running constantly, draining battery power considerably," writes Oliver Haslam of iDownloadBlog. "Switching it off may mean that your iPhone will no longer set its own time zone when you travel, but that's a small price to pay for having your iPhone last more than 12 hours on a full charge."

Of course, with any proposed fix from the Internet, there's still a crop of naysayers who maintain that the time zone feature has nothing to do with the battery drain issue. And we're not just talking about an hour or so cut out of the iPhone's normal standby time: Some iPhone users claim that their devices only last for a few hours, at best, even when they aren't being used to a great degree. That's a far cry from the promised 200 hours of total standby time listed on the iPhone 4S spec sheet.

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