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Apple fesses up to battery woes with iOS 5

Many Apple customers using iOS 5 compatible devices have been complaining of poor battery life after upgrading to latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. A thread over on Apple's own support forums regarding poor battery life on the new iPhone 4S has reached 215 pages and has over 3,200 replies.
Interestingly, numerous suggestions have been given by users and pundits to improve battery life including turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, disabling iCloud synchronization and some aspects of Location Services, and cutting down on alerts that appear in iOS 5's new notification center. However, disabling all of these features seriously cripples what is supposed to be one of the premiere mobile operating system on the market.
Now after weeks of silence, Apple is acknowledging that iOS 5 does in fact have a problem with battery life. Or rather, Apple in its typical language explains in a statement to the Wall Street Journal's Ina Fried that a "Small number of customers" were experiencing battery life problems. Whenever Apple encounters a problem with one of its products, this is typically the "scope minimizing" statement that it likes to release. The company goes on to explain, "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."
While customers may have to wait a few weeks to receive the update, developers have already been issued a beta of iOS 5.0.1 that corrects the battery life drain (among other updates). The release notes including with the beta state that the following issues have been addressed:
  • 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
  • iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations 
For the time being, iOS 5 users that are having battery life issues can follow this guide to crippling your device to reclaim some runtime until the fix is released.

Sources: Apple Support Communities, TUAW, The Wall Street Journal/AllThingsD, Mac Rumors

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tips to improve battery life
By tastyratz on 11/3/2011 8:29:02 AM , Rating: 5
Many of the things people suggest should be done on any phone regardless of whether or not you consider battery life an issue per say, the gains are free. If you have no bluetooth device or don't use wifi, then turn them off. Tips like that extend ANY phone battery and result in you needing to charge yours far less. If you are cutting into meat and features then yes, that deserves consideration... but many things on a new mobile device are never used by it's patrons. Hell, it is just like buying a new computer with the unremovable bloatware sometimes...

RE: tips to improve battery life
By Brandon Hill on 11/3/2011 9:13:40 AM , Rating: 4
The problem comes from people who are using the same setting from iOS 4, then all of a sudden seeing horrible battery life in iOS 5 using the same settings. That shouldn't be happening.

RE: tips to improve battery life
By tastyratz on 11/3/2011 9:19:05 AM , Rating: 3
You are correct, and I am not belittling the issue... just simply saying a trim of the fat is a worthwhile task on any device.

RE: tips to improve battery life
By TSS on 11/3/2011 10:14:41 AM , Rating: 4
Obviously People are using the phone wrong.

First thing i thought when i read the title was "Apple admitting to bugs? Steve must really be dead then". Appearantly Mr. jobs has managed to convice the devil that "cool" is the new "hot".

RE: tips to improve battery life
By VahnTitrio on 11/3/2011 10:26:40 AM , Rating: 3
Especially when (at least on Android devices I've had) disabling and enabling these features is only a gesture and a touch away at any time.

RE: tips to improve battery life
By PrinceGaz on 11/4/2011 1:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's only a gesture and a touch away on iOS if you install SBSettings.

RE: tips to improve battery life
By Hiawa23 on 11/3/2011 10:32:45 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the info. I bought my first Smart Phone(Samsung Admire), & I have had it for 2 months, really like it accept the battery life. I thought something was wrong with the phone because the battery lasts about 1.5-2 days max if un used, the battery really starts draining when I use apps, or view internet stuff. I thought it was interesting on the first page of the manual it gave tips for making the battery last longer like turning off stuff not in use. I assume this is normal, now, becasue it seems now that I always now have the phone plugged in, whether in the car or at work or home. I hate turning off WIFI, then have a program like maps turn it back on. Lessons for a noob I guess, but I still feel the battery should last longer than it does. Samsung said there is nothing wrong with my phone, & said what I am experiencing is normal for these phones.

By Paj on 11/3/2011 8:10:50 AM , Rating: 2
I thought ihpones were touted as having the best battery life ever?

One thing I love about my new HTC Sensation is the way it just sips power when on standby. I think thats as a result of Gingerbread. While at work for 8+ hours, it will only use about 6 percent. My old desire would be below 75% by that time.

RE: android
By Stan11003 on 11/3/2011 8:29:26 AM , Rating: 1
You must be very proud of yourself and your phone. Thank you for sharing just how stupid it is to buy an iPhone and how smart you were to get a HTC Sensation. I'm sure historians will look back at your pioneering work in the field fanboyism.

RE: android
By Meinolf on 11/3/2011 9:05:20 AM , Rating: 2
Snap! Now show him your hand you go girl

RE: android
By Aloonatic on 11/3/2011 4:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
I've had my HTC Sensation for a couple of weeks, and the battery life is a complete mystery to me.

I do pretty much the same thing with it every day. My (work and private) e-mail is set to start checking at 8am (until 8pm, every 15 mins), and I get a pretty steady stream over night to check, and then I do the odd thing with it like checking twitter and the like before heading off. Then I basically, I do the same thing every day, reading the odd e-mail (I usually wait until I'm at my PC to send anything) send the odd text, play with the odd app, check look up stuff on the web, and I rarely make an actual phone call.

The thing is, some days I can get home at 6pm and my battery can sometimes still be on 75%-80%. On other days, I can be at 25%-30%. Some days I'm down to < 75% by the time I've got to work!?!?

I honestly do pretty much the same thing each day, but see wildly different performance. I check to make sure that things I'm not using are not running, always have automatic brightness. Occasionally it starts to get really hot too, and drains the battery like mad, which a restart seems to fix.

Basically, I'd never dare boast that my phone is great, and I doubt that my experience is a one off, going by reviews. To be fair though, every phone I've ever heard about seems to have some issue. Android had/has it too, and I got the 2.3.4 update that is supposed to help not long after I got my phone the other week.

RE: android
By Kurz on 11/4/2011 9:50:07 AM , Rating: 2
CM7 will probably fix most of your issues.
Though of course it requires you to be a little computer savy.

Somewhere, Steve Jobs is saying....
By Natch on 11/3/11, Rating: 0
RE: Somewhere, Steve Jobs is saying....
By Onimuto on 11/3/2011 9:03:30 AM , Rating: 2
When I reported vampire energy drain to apple on their forums after I installed ios5. They told me I was using it wrong and proceeded to tell me to disable the following
Disable notifications
Disable push for mail set to manual
Disable ringtone put volume to 0
Low backlight to 0
Disable data 3G/edge
Make sure my multi task bar was always clear
Disable reminders (kinda fall into notifications)
Turn airplane mode on

By robinthakur on 11/3/2011 10:30:03 AM , Rating: 2
This is clearly trollish nonsense, however, the thing with the new reminders is that if you put in a location based reminder using geo-fencing, it will always be checking your location to see whether to post the alert or not, so I use it sparingly. I note that on an iPhone 4 the battery life seems about the same generally. The 4S uses a dual core CPU which is twice as fast and a GPU which is 7 times as fast as the previous generation, so it will tend to draw more power, folks..."With great power comes poor battery life" I'm willing to bet though that after this fix, the battery would once again be industry leading. Apple's damage limitation statement is the same as all companies these days which don't want to get slammed by class action law suits from litigious consumers and is deliberately defensive in the same way HTC was when all those unfortunate security problems reared their heads.

Seems to happen with major iOS revisions
By aliasfox on 11/3/2011 9:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
It happened when iOS4 first came out, and it's happening with iOS5 out now. Hopefully, they'll optimize it in the next point release (like they did last time).

I think my bigger issue with my iPad 1 is that apps seem to be less stable - things will just dump me back on the home screen for no reason. It's not common, but it's more common than it used to be.

Though I guess for me, the occasional app glitch is much overshadowed by the faster browser and the new alerts - iOS mirroring would be nice too, if I could justify getting Netflix (and therefore an AppleTV)...

By Scott66 on 11/3/2011 12:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
I did find a few apps didn't like the iOS5 on my iPad1. Luckily a couple of malcontent apps released updates to work better with the new OS. The remaining ill performing apps forced me to find other comparable apps.

If Jobs was still alive...
By gladiatorua on 11/3/2011 10:12:22 AM , Rating: 2
Apple could've spin the whole thing as a revolutionary magic battery saving technology. And release iOS6 right now. Release iPhone4ASS, and deny access to this fix for all previous iPhones. Oh... and as another new feature, install new super strong vibrating motor. Apple would've been ecstatic.

Say it isn't so!
By masamasa on 11/3/2011 10:48:11 AM , Rating: 2
Problems with Apple? It can't be....noooooooo.

By matty123 on 11/3/2011 10:57:05 AM , Rating: 2
My battery life also became teribble on IOS 5 but this fixed the problem for me.

Disable Time Zone Adjustment (Settings > Location Services > System Services > Set Time Zone to “Off”)

Other people are reporting that this hasn't helped them but after doing this my battery life has tripled. It seems to be different things are causing different problems for different people, if anyone is having problems I reccomend you try this first.

By Dorkyman on 11/3/2011 7:01:08 PM , Rating: 2
This is just too funny.

First, the way Apple spins the situation to hide the magnitude of the issue.

Then, the fact that this sort of thing should have been debugged in beta testing.

Goes hand-in-hand with the antenna issue, though I guess if the phone battery is fully discharged then the user won't have any issues with the antenna.

strange bug
By shompa on 11/4/2011 7:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
The battery bug is real strange.

One of iPhones strengths is the battery time. Thats is the reason for controlled multitasking, that the home screen is turned off, that there are no flashy widgets.

In all reviews iPhone beats Android phones in battery time. It beats the latest 4G android phones by 50%.

That why I was angry when my Iphone4S had 4 hour battery time.
The strange thing:
I got another Iphone4S that is unlocked. It does not have battery problem. Exact the same settings (I used my iCloud backup to restore the new phone).

Beside the location services, it have to be something with carriers checks if the phone is locked or not that drains the battery.

I wonder if this is Apples first post-Jobs mistake and if its the things to come. From fanatical, perfect products (that you can hate or love) to ordinary products that you need to patch to "it just work".

By elmostreet78 on 11/10/2011 3:10:43 PM , Rating: 2
HELP!!!! Dunno but I upgraded to 5.0.1 and seems like screen transition gets stuck when i hit the home button. I have to press sometimes 3 times to get back. Anyone having the same problem? Anyways I also found this video if anyone finds out what it is please shed some light on it...look like a transparent keyboard?

By batterylifeguard on 11/25/2011 11:44:31 AM , Rating: 2
anyhow part of the solution is the essential batterylifeguard app

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