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?