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Battery life has been a hot topic among owners of iOS devices, particularly the iPhone 4S crowd, over the past month or so. There have been a number of different ways that consumers have found to help conserve the juice on their particular iDevice, but the cause of the issue has remained a mystery. Today Apple acknowledged that some iOS 5 users are experiencing shortened battery life, saying that "a few bugs" are to blame but neglecting to go into further detail. The company added that it's currently working on a software update to address the battery life woes and that it's expected to be released in the next few weeks. The full statement sent from Apple to The Loop:

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. 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.”

It's also worth mentioning that just as Apple issued the above statement, it posted a beta version of iOS 5.0.1 for developers that, among other things, "fixes bugs affecting battery life." Although the 5.0.1 update isn't expected to arrive for another few weeks, at least iOS 5 users can take solace in the fact that a fix is coming. In the mean time, those of you that have resorted to carrying a spare charger due to the iOS 5 battery bugs may want to try some of Taylor's juice-saving tips found here.

Via The Loop, MacRumors


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Frank Miller Yeah Christian, its like the East Coast/West Coast rap wars of the 90"s.LOL I"m rockin an Android wut!
Sheila Marie Strickland Hope That helped!
Sheila Marie Strickland If you are having trouble with your battery life on your iphone after the update try this > settings>location services> system services> leave on cell network search and traffic , turn off compass calibration, diagnostics & usage, location based 1ads and setting time zone. The average person doesnt use these anyways.
Christian Kim Why do android fans and apple fans always fight? Both operating systems are good and if you don't like one then u don't need to criticize the other one.
Brandon Johnson Some of the stuff I read in these threads is just pure idiocrity (I know that's not a word but I can't describe it any better).
Marco Duran I was having problems up until two days ago when I took my phone to the apple store and they gave me a brand new one. Left my phone at 100% last night and when I woke up it only dropped to 96% that's not bad compaired to the one I just got rid of that would drop at least 10 to 15 %
Mark Fisher Jr. I dont have a iphone yet.
Ryan Cook @Zach it's probably because iPhone has hardware acceleration and android will get it with ICS so we'll see which one is laggy and jerky my bet is neither.
Anonymous O WELL glad i have a Droid x
Zach Cline @josh - First off,iOS has been smooth from day one and alot of android devices still can't get pinch to zoom right. Its still laggy and jerky as where the iphone has never needed dual core processors to help with any of that. Plus , Ice cream sandwhich has to have hardware acceleration for it not to lag. Theres another fail, Plus android is buggy as hell with crap battery life. I know because i've dealt with it. I get so tired of the stupidity that andrones type. Like "iOS is for dumb people" Or, iOS is for people that can't comprehend real technology" Idiots. There is such a thing as personal preference. Andrones can't comprehend that because they bash anything that isn't an android device.
Alex Ochoa The reason on the new iPhone the battery got worst..it's because of the extra features like the notification bar and other stuff like that...trust me those little things make a lot of difference
Sheriesa Thomas I have a iPhone 4 but my battery life is still great 4 months after getting it. Better than any Android I've ever had. Android has all these features and a giant screen but the battery dies in 5 mins. They need to focus on extending the battery life before they add anything more features. What's the point of having a phone like that if it has to be connected to the charger 24/7 or having to buy a 2 inch thick extended battery to connect to the back? Lol. No thanks.
Josh Slocum Apple is just so far behind. U really are buying a name at this point. I've had the Motorola atrix for 4 months. Iphone is just now getting a dual core processor and a voice client and I've had both of those things for months, along with a 1930 milliamp battery which lasts me a normal 15 that's right FIFTEEN HOURS a day with normal usage. Welcome to what the rest if us already had.
Darmis Hoskins no signs of a bad battery yet
Sharon Long Jordan yes, im experiencing short battery life in my new 4s. i used it to talk for 58 min and sent a few texts and the battery was half gone
Eric Rogers I've had 5 android phones and every iPhone. Each have their own advantages and downsides. But I get better battery life on my 4s than I ever did with any android. Could be better but still lasts almost two days.
Jessie Leon Just face it android is still inferior to apple even with battery issues or not.
Matt Phillippi Like the rest of you, my own personal success and happiness are tied to the success of my preferred mobile OS. Anybody who uses the other is insulting me and it's very important that I let them know I'm displeased with their decision. Sincerely, everybody on the internet.
Aung Zan ios is for old people/ toddlers! there's always a workaround for android battery life guys, dont complain too much...
Charlie Durie LMAO!!! APPLE SUX! Apple will come out with the iphone 5 in 2012...but then there will already be better Android phones already on the market. 2013= dead of the iphone generation.
Andres Barroeta Maybe little between 100% to 90% going down faster that normal I think
Norman Chan yes experice my battery life issues on my iphone 4s..i need bring charger everytime w,me?
Jason King Angel Peguero Lol Naww man you're good ... Nothing to see there...
Angel Miguel Peguero Jason king I have never Owen a bb and that really sucks. Lol
Angel Miguel Peguero Mike who started saying. Android devices battery life is worst sucks etc
Pedro Rodriguez No way! Because I dont have one! I have an awesome GS2! :D
Mike Sikora Is it impossible for people to not sound like complete fucking idiots? The question was about battery life on iOs 5 and asked nothing about android. What a waste of my time, thanks.
Jason King Angel Peguero Where have you been? 2 Weeks ago Blackberry's worldwide were completely useless. I’ll pass. Also the new 9930 didn’t last me a whole day when I had it, it might have been that small battery they put in there but hey if Blackberry is your thing more power to ya.
Angel Miguel Peguero Lincoln Jacobs did. I watch the drop test between the gs2 and 4s the iphone shattered so much better product lol
Jeramie King Rim should have bought WebOs
Lavan Param Capple is shit compared to android, blaze proved that android was faster in almost everything than ISO and ISO 5 is a rip off from android gingerbread like how ISO 6 will be a rip off from ICS, you might have started the game but android pawned the shit out of apple in just about every aspect, your 4S is truly a joke compared to many of the new Android devices.
Chris Corliss This is what happens when you rush a product to market. Steve had to have known his time was about up and there's no doubt in my mind that he wanted to see iOS 5 released before he passed. Battery life bugs are one of the easiest things to spot, so this simply falls back on Apple rushing the product (product being iOS 5 of course) instead of doing the proper testing. That being said though, after the fiasco of a release they had with the iPhone 4, this seems like nothing.
Lincoln Jacobs My iPhone 4s last me all day with no problem , apple makes the best quality phone ( glass body stainless steal band) vs a plastic laggy ugly android phone
Angel Miguel Peguero Jason king. If I want A phone that just works then that's a blackberry
Kaaveh Samimy I have an HTC Thunderbolt and I really want an iPhone if anyone upgraded to 4S and still has their iPhone 4 message me i wanna buy it or trade for it :)
Jason King Currently I have no issues with my 4S, everything works great. But it’s good to see that Apple is on top of this (solution in the pipeline). I do see a few references about getting an Android on here. That’s real funny because if there were any battery issues with ANY android phone it would take them at least 5-6 months to come out with an update to fix it … Also Live wallpapers and widgets are cool, true but they drain the battery and this is a fact. I’m not fascinated with pretty wallpapers that move. I just want a phone that just works and provide me a full day’s use.
Dustin Martin I like how a question was turned to is android better than iPhone? Lets just wait 4 years when only on remains. Lol iPhone is still running 3rd popular is behind blackberry so why compete with android if they can't top blackberry? You can't go for Champion before beating out runner up.
Angel Miguel Peguero renee hare lol sarcams isnt better to watch movies type and browse the web on a bigger screen\\
Renee Hare *sigh* happily Angel. Very happily. I don't need a 17" screen on a cell phone.
Dustin Martin @ renee that wasn't an Android bug that was a Samsung touchwiz bug, and they took forever to update. Damn you Samsung
Angel Miguel Peguero michael only fanboys that say that their phone is magical superior apple fanboys they cant admit that theyr better phones out
Angel Higuera How's that 3.5" screen working out for you iPhonies ? Lol -HTC EVO4G
Michael Spotts Sorry RIM is dead.
Cory Wilson All this android an iPhone garbage, I hope rim come back with vengeance
Angel Miguel Peguero renee hare keep using ur small 3.5 inch screen my gs2 has none of those issues ask siri to give u a live wallpaper lol
Michael Spotts Both OS's have fans. Both types of phones sell. Both have their positive and negative points. I myself am an Android user. I have no battery issues, no force closes and no random resets. I know how to use my phone. With that said why all the cry baby rants? fanatics for both troll each other. Each phone's OS forces the other to make changes and develop better phones.
Renee Hare Hey remember when google had the bug that ran the OS constantly in the background while in standby so your battery drained in an hour? I so miss all those times I would reach into my purse to grab my SGS and it was hot and dead. So awesome that was. So superior to Apple. After two android devices, neither of them low end devices, I don't miss android, force closes, battery discharges or reboots at all. Good riddance. Don't have a problem with battery on iOS 5 either. I do find it refreshing to not have to root and ROM a phone to try to make it run properly. The one thing I miss is live wallpaper. When that's all I miss that's pretty sad.
Zakari Ghachi iPhone 4Shit
Angel Miguel Peguero no flash no live wallpaper no widget no real multitasking no flash it should last long
Angel Miguel Peguero apple fanboys the most sensitive like it or not android would win anyways.
Ty Johnson my sgs2 last for 30hr if it run on ios it would last about week of heavy use
Ari Preziosi The iPhone was a breakthrough, which inspired other companies to copying it in almost any way. Be it from design, apps store, touchscreen fluidity, etc2. I can easily name handsets that really look like possible clones. Lolxx. I say, iOS is still simplicity and lag-free at its best unlike Android; customizable but a tad more confusing.
Don Crispens Had both Android and iPhone both are adequate. I dont have the 4S but my iPhone 4 has been having battery issues since my update to iOS5. So yes I am excited.
Bonnie Kettrick- DiCostanzo It's soo much better than my droid!! Glad I switched :)
Guillermo De León Why are iPhone users such trolls?
Jp King Haha last time I checked, the ios and android platforms released around the same time, Google purchased the initial developer of the software, Android Inc., in 2005, and unveiled the first android phone in November of 2007, apple released the first iPhone in June of 2007, so yes the first iPhone was released before the first android phone, but even if there wasn't an iPhone, android phones would still exist, so don't give me this whole ignorant b.s. rant about how there wouldn't be any android phones without the iPhone guy!!!!
Dunstan Maramat I used both
Dre Ill @Adam. I agree!
Daniel Timmons Why r android users such trolls
Jessie Dakota Welburn I have always used android devices and just recently bought the iPhone 4S and I love everything about it... Including the battery life!
Adam Anthony Crespin @John: Sorry to break it to ya but my Droid X whoops your iPhone quick AND my phones already been out for a while. I have battery life from 6:30AM to 10:00PM and I have never ever had any issues that you proclaim android has..
Andrew Finley Ladd My 4s lasts me from 7am to midnight consistently and is only at about 15% by then before I charge it. That's with fairly heavy use too. My old Epic 4g would have to be charged by 2 in the afternoon...
John Fisher Yesterday stuff huh....how about android wouldn't exist without iPhone....android is still to unstable anyways...random reboots, overheating, lag issues, etc. iPhone FTW
John Resch Crapple..
Cory Wood Thats funny! Everything that PPL love on there iphone today is yesterday stuff for an android device! Feels good to be caught up doesn't iphone users!
Antonio Pagan My iphone last me all day no issue here
Daniel Villarreal we need steve jobs he would know what to do !
Jennifer DeAlmeida Need an Android? My battery life on my 4s is at least triple what my EVO was! iPhone FTW! :)
Mel Elvin ive never even seen one of these things in real life! im still using my old VS-2
Ronnie Carlough Need a Android phone ;-)
Igor Rebenko They already released a beta with a possible fix. U guys are delayed




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