Apple releases iOS 5.0.1, battery life complaints persist

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1, battery life complaints persistLast week Apple conceded that there were bugs present in iOS 5 which were apparently having a detrimental affect on battery life, and promised a fix “within a few weeks”.

The recent developer release of iOS 5.0.1 included an improvement that addressed the battery life issue, and now the update is available for Joe Consumer too. But does it do the trick?

The full list of iOS 5.0.1 improvements reads:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the iCloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

As before, it’s compatible with the iPhone 3GS and above, the third and fourth gen iPod touches, and both iPads.

However, a number of users have hit the Apple Support Communities to voice their collective concern that the iOS 5.0.1 update hasn’t helped.

ChrisDB cries: “Installed the new IOS 5.0.1 two hours ago.  I started a test at 1:30 CT today.  5% battery drain in 45 minutes with WIFI and location services turned on and me not touching the Iphone 4S.  The new update doesn't seem to help much.”

coloradoappleuser screams: “Updated about 1.5 hours ago, battery has drained 20% since then with no usage!  This is awful!”

John Mantooth yells: “Upgraded to 5.0.1 this morning.  Still draining at the exact same rate.  Unplugged with a full charge 2 1/2 hours ago, and already down to 80% with light usage.  Just lost 2% during a 15 minute shower.  I see no difference at all.”

Some of the less cynical members suggest restarting the iPhone after the update to iOS 5.0.1 might help.

Have you updated to iOS 5.0.1? Hit us up with a comment and let us know how you’re getting on.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2011 at 09:10

5 % battery drain in 45 mins with location services and wifi on? Where's the big problem? That is pretty much normal in a modern smartphone. Those dudes also don't seem to get what "idle" and "standby" mean. Their idle phones are actively searching for wifi, 3G, polling for mail etc... Those testimonials seem less reliable than Apple's batteries.

mrew42  Nov. 11, 2011 at 09:24

Agreed Jan. These people don't appear to... hang on
Press Home button
"Siri, please get me a clue"
"I'm sorry, I don't know where you are. If you turn on Location Services for Siri your battery will be flat before i can complete this sent...."

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:36


MDrX  Nov. 11, 2011 at 10:42

Help, help! I charged my phone up last night, read a load of news stories and played some FIFA on the way into work. When I got here I did the OTA update over wi-fi which warned about using lots of battery power and now I'm down to 86% oO

Although I never had any problems with my battery

Treab  Nov. 11, 2011 at 15:49

Just lost 2% during a 15 minute shower

the definition of too much info??? and tbh my phone (hero) is down 10% since i unplugged it at 5.25am this morning... so what i am saying is.. if you want a decent phone buy...

a HERO ;)

sbb11  Nov. 12, 2011 at 04:47

I made an interesting observation about two week ago where I noticed that certain users would extoll the virtues of Android on one site and then complain about the massive problems they were having with ‘their‘ iPhone/iPad on another site.

To prove my theory I complied a list of user/screen names of the more rabid anti-Apple posters that claimed to be iPhone/iPad users (45 names). I also used Google to search with pasted comments to find out users with multiple login names (posting the same comment on multiple sites). To keep this task manageable I selected as a frame of reference two resent Apple stories that generated a lot of noise; the battery issue and the Siri downtime news. (I have a bit of time on my hands)

Of the 45 user/screen names and comments from 36 articles (324 Comments total), I found the following results:

Of the 45 user/screen names 36 were unique users (as far as I could tell)

Of the 36 users, 15 were obvious Android users complaining about ‘their’ iPhone battery or Siri problems. This is based upon reading posts of these 15 users on multiple pro Android sites. Many admit in posts that they hate Apple and would never buy one of their products.

These 15 Android users accounted for 223 negative posts on the 36 articles sampled. This means that of the total comments, 68.8% were negative posts by non Apple users pretending to own an Apple device for the sole purpose of spreading false information.

Please bear in mind that there are many variables to this and it is only supplies to highlight the fact that many of these so called Apple iPhone/iPad users are just trolls.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 09:45

sbb11 - interesting. Not surprising, but interesting.
Thumbs up for the effort ;)

Treab  Nov. 12, 2011 at 12:04

what a load of tripe.

thats a meaningless waste of your time sbb11. just because a user name is the same doesnt mean its the same person.. when i go for my normal username 'treab' i can sometimes find its taken before me.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 12, 2011 at 12:08

Treab - don't jump to conclusions. One can tell who is who ;)

Treab  Nov. 12, 2011 at 12:26

you sure janular ;) unless you have access to their internet ip address's you can never tell... tell you what janny i will set up a second account and see if you can find me :p


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