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Apple Acknowledges Battery Issues in iOS 5, the 5.0.1 Update Will Address Them


Ever since iOS 5 was released a number of users have reported noticeably worse battery life on their iOS devices. Yesterday Apple acknowledged these issues in a statement to The Loop.

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” an Apple spokesperson told The Loop. “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.”

Of course Apple refers to a small number of users – but given the hundreds of millions of total iOS users there are now even a small percentage of them affected adds up to an awful lot of users.

The good news is that in addition to confirming the problem Apple also released a beta of a first iOS 5 update, iOS 5.0.1 beta, yesterday. Prominent in its short list of improvements and bug fixes is this:

– Fixes bugs affecting battery life

I know my iPhone 4S, which came with iOS 5 pre-installed, has substantially poorer battery life than my old iPhone 4. At first I thought my iPad 2 was not showing any signs of worse battery life following the iOS 5 betas and final release – but lately I’m not so sure.

Hopefully we’ll see the 5.0.1 update within just a few weeks.

What’s your experience with iOS 5 and battery life? Is it worse on any or all your iOS devices?

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  • JR

    At first, with my iPhone 4, I noticed nothing different at all.
    Here lately, though, it’s been more difficult to manage. I’ve had to restart it more frequently. :/

    It’s still significantly better than my Android was.


    ever I bought MY IPHONE 3G, THE BATTERY IS BAD…
    Over quickly, lasting only 4 HOURS AND IF I WATCH VIDEO lasts 3 hours …

  • Adi

    Yes -mine (iphone 4) is far worse after the update -normal useage I can get 2 days battery life easily -now after this latest update I have gone down from 100% Full battery life to 32% in one day with just standby useage -Chronic !

    Apple should test things properly before releasing updates surely?