Apple admits iOS 5 has battery bugs fix coming in a few

first_imgWhile it hasn’t quite grown to antennagate proportions, there has been plenty of talk about battery issues on the iPhone 4S and/or iOS 5. It appears that Apple has made some progress on that front, as they have today issued a statement acknowledging the battery bug, and are promising an update within the next few weeks.In the statement, Apple stated that “a small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices.” They noted that a software would would be landing some time in the next “few weeks.”The company didn’t comment beyond that, but it may be worth noting that they attributed the issue to “iOS 5 devices,” and not the iPhone 4S specifically. This is consistent with testing that PC Mag did, as well as our hands-on time with Apple’s latest.One of the most discussed potential fixes for the issue relates to an out-of-control time zone setting in the firmware. The theory is that a bug with the phone’s time settings is causing it to constantly search for its location, which leads to a hit on uptime. Some users with battery problems have found that their battery life improved after turning off the automatic time zone setting (see here for details).An early version of the iOS update has already been released to developers, in the form of iOS 5.0.1 beta. In addition to handling the battery life bugs, the beta also promises fixes for Documents in the Cloud bugs, adds multitasking gestures to the iPad 1, and improves Siri’s speech recognition for those with Australian accents.Will this be the fix that those struggling with poor battery life have been waiting for? That remains to be seen, but you can bet that Apple doesn’t want this story to blow up any more than it already has. An Apple support forum devoted to the issue has over 186 pages of complaints, and the issue has been discussed at length on blogs and social networks during the last week.Even if it is only affecting “a small number of customers,” as Apple says, this certainly isn’t the kind of press that a company that prides themselves on their user-friendliness wants.via AllThingsDlast_img