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Apple has announced that it has found specific flaws in iOS 5 that can be patched to address the battery life issues some iPhone users have experienced with the new software, noting that an update is planned to address the problem in the next few weeks.

In a statement published by Ina Fried of the Wall Street Journal AllThingsD blog, Apple noted, "A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices, adding, 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.

Apple has released an initial beta iOS 5.0.1 build 9a402 to developers to begin testing the new update on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The company says the new build "contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

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."

Tracking down battery issues

Since the release of iOS 5 and the new iPhone 4S, specific users have complained about serious battery life issues, although the problems appear to be tied to different settings, carriers, and usage patterns, making the core problems difficult to diagnose and address.

Apple had reportedly been actively investigating the issues with specific users to determine what fixes could be rolled out to general audiences to broadly resolve the problems.

Some users have discovered specific settings that seemed to be actively consuming battery life, including the automatic date and time setting, iTunes Ping, per-app notification settings, and even the "raise to speak" feature in Siri.

Apple's latest iPhone 4S uses a much faster A5 processor with twice the graphics cores and a higher clock speed, but the company notes that average talk time, WiFi browsing and audio and video playback should be roughly the same as the previous A4-based iPhone 4, thanks to new technologies including a slightly larger battery.



Apple has historically released between six to ten free updates for iOS between annual major updates, rolling them out to users rapidly as soon as they are available, making it unique among competing mobile platforms.
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Apple is just gonna release an update where they just keep the charging icon status a little longer.
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Apple is just gonna release an update where they just keep the charging icon status a little longer.

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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."

Is it my imagination, or is software, and maybe OSs in particular, getting updated/changed a whole lot more frequently lately?

It seems like it used to be that new stuff would only come out infrequently - Microsoft would announe a "service pack" every 12 or 14 monts or so, and would do something major every 3 or 4 years. Now it seems like these mobile OSs (I'm thinking Android and iOS in particular) are getting updated/changed/improved extremely frequently - multiple times every year.

Anybody have any thoughts? Is it because it is so much easier to do these days? Back before the internet, it was a major thing to get data to your users. Nowadays, it is relatively easy for a mobile OS to get updated. Is that why it is happening so much more frequently?
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Is it my imagination, or is software, and maybe OSs in particular, getting updated/changed a whole lot more frequently lately?

It seems like it used to be that new stuff would only come out infrequently - Microsoft would announe a "service pack" every 12 or 14 monts or so, and would do something major every 3 or 4 years. Now it seems like these mobile OSs (I'm thinking Android and iOS in particular) are getting updated/changed/improved extremely frequently - multiple times every year.

Anybody have any thoughts? Is it because it is so much easier to do these days? Back before the internet, it was a major thing to get data to your users. Nowadays, it is relatively easy for a mobile OS to get updated. Is that why it is happening so much more frequently?

Correct.

That is all.
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My iPhone 4S' battery seems to drain quicker than my iPhone 4, but I'm still able to make it through a whole day with heavy use. My wife reports no battery issues whatsoever.
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Apple has historically released between six to ten free updates for iOS between annual major updates, rolling them out to users rapidly as soon as they are available, making it unique among competing mobile platforms.

Stop the Apple propaganda and stick to the news.
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What's the culprit?
We should have a poll
Or "contest"
Corrupted contacts
Location services?

Wish apple had a single button to max
Battery setting or have 3 choices
With/ without BT/ max
How about bringing back turn off 3G

I could milk a couple hours by switching 3G
Off

Btw mines doing great getting >24hrs

Huge improvement over my 3G
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Stop the Apple propaganda and stick to the news.



I forgot about this one. It's hard to keep track of them all.

In response, I'd like to say that if there's something contentious in the article, you should probably have some actual proof that it's wrong, otherwise, well, you know.
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I had a battery problem but searched the web and tried all the suggestions and it seems to have fixed it.

But I have the echo problem

The echo problem occurs with the earbuds usually after talking to someone for 4 to 12 minutes. Then the person I am talking to hears their voice echo. Hitting the speaker button stops it for a while but then a couple minutes later it occurs again. It happens whether I call a cell phone or land line.

I hope Apple gets started on a fix for this as well


On the support boards people have had multiple iPhone 4S replaced but they still get the echo problem.
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Apple needs to add the option for 3G, WiFI, Bluetooth, and Air Plane Mode toggles to the notification center.
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Is it my imagination, or is software, and maybe OSs in particular, getting updated/changed a whole lot more frequently lately?

It seems like it used to be that new stuff would only come out infrequently - Microsoft would announe a "service pack" every 12 or 14 monts or so, and would do something major every 3 or 4 years. Now it seems like these mobile OSs (I'm thinking Android and iOS in particular) are getting updated/changed/improved extremely frequently - multiple times every year.

Anybody have any thoughts? Is it because it is so much easier to do these days? Back before the internet, it was a major thing to get data to your users. Nowadays, it is relatively easy for a mobile OS to get updated. Is that why it is happening so much more frequently?

its because they've gotten vastly more complex, how big of a file is iOS 5 compared to the 1st iPhones OS?
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Not saying that the issue doesn't exist for some people, but I'm actually really impressed with the battery life on my 4S compared to the 3GS - I'm getting to the end of the evening (10-11pm) with c.70% after unplugging from the charger at about 8am each morning.
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Apple needs to add the option for 3G, WiFI, Bluetooth, and Air Plane Mode toggles to the notification center.

1) Don't forget brightness, though I would love to be able to speak these commands to Siri, too.

2) The Verizon iPhone 4 didn't have the option to turn off '3G' either. Even though that's not a real issue for a CDMA network I have to wonder if the reason for the exclusion is a limitation of the MDM66x0 chip. I say this because that's when this feature went away, not when Apple introduces to LTE to have an "Enable 4G" toggle switch.
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its because they've gotten vastly more complex, how big of a file is iOS 5 compared to the 1st iPhones OS?

That and this is a big update, even among iOS updates. The beta cycle for iOS 5 was long. Introducing the cloud features and tying those in with both Mac OS X and Windows isn't an easy feat. Also keep in mind that any time Apple introduces a new version (not a point release), the updates tend to flow fairly quickly for the first few and then level out to a more standard schedule.
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For now, just turn off the automatic date and time setting. I found this to save a bit on the battery.
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Correct.

That is all.

I'd say that the frequently slows down. Just look at Mac OS X releases moving further and further.

Here is the iOS version history for iPhone OS 1.x:

1.0 — June 29, 2007 (1 month)
1.0.1 — July 31, 2007( 3 weeks)
1.0.2 — August 21, 2007 (3 weeks)
1.1 — September 14, 2007 (2 weeks)
1.1.1 — September 27, 2007 (1.5 months)
1.1.2 — November 12, 2007 (2 months)
1.1.3 — January 15, 2008 (5 weeks)
1.1.4 — February 26, 2008 (4.8 months)
1.1.5 — July 15, 2008

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My iPhone 4 battery life is much better after upgrading to iOS 5. After one day of light use, the battery still is 90%. Before it is above 80%.
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So I shut off the time church and the battery life did jump. Interestingly it was not a problem on my iPhone 4 but rather on Touch 4 that was extremely obvious.
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What's the culprit?
We should have a poll
Or "contest"
Corrupted contacts
Location services?

Wish apple had a single button to max
Battery setting or have 3 choices
With/ without BT/ max
How about bringing back turn off 3G

I could milk a couple hours by switching 3G
Off

Btw mines doing great getting >24hrs

Huge improvement over my 3G

Yeah, it is an interesting situation as I upgraded my +2 year old 3GS to iOS5 and I am getting better battery life than I was before the upgrade. I am very happy. I would not be happy if I was one of the people who are getting worse battery life. I have been pining for the new 4S, but perhaps it is good that I haven't gotten one yet. A couple more months when I have the pennies saved up and all the bugs will most likely be gone.
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Is it too much to ask one of the Apple developers to slip that IPhone clock app onto the iPad?!?!
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Is it too much to ask one of the Apple developers to slip that IPhone clock app onto the iPad?!?!

iPad doesn't have the clock/timer/stopwatch/alarm?
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Is it too much to ask one of the Apple developers to slip that IPhone clock app onto the iPad?!?!



Why would you want it?
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That and this is a big update, even among iOS updates. The beta cycle for iOS 5 was long. Introducing the cloud features and tying those in with both Mac OS X and Windows isn't an easy feat. Also keep in mind that any time Apple introduces a new version (not a point release), the updates tend to flow fairly quickly for the first few and then level out to a more standard schedule.

Interesting.

Do you think that Apple releases more frequent updates to iOS, or Google to Android? It seems like both release frequently.

Do updates flow quickly after a point release simply because there is so much new in the release that there are bound to be a lot of bug fixes, or is it because there exist a lot of little bits and pieces that missed the cutoff for the release?

I saw some kind of a language pack listed in the updates in the original article. That's what got me thinking about this topic in the first place. In the old days, if that language pack had not made it into the release, it likely would have stayed in a black hole for a long, long time. Now it just gets folded in a few weeks after the OS is released, without any major hassles.

Or am I misremebering how things were back in the bad old days?
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Interesting.

Do you think that Apple releases more frequent updates to iOS, or Google to Android? It seems like both release frequently.

Do updates flow quickly after a point release simply because there is so much new in the release that there are bound to be a lot of bug fixes, or is it because there exist a lot of little bits and pieces that missed the cutoff for the release?

I saw some kind of a language pack listed in the updates in the original article. That's what got me thinking about this topic in the first place. In the old days, if that language pack had not made it into the release, it likely would have stayed in a black hole for a long, long time. Now it just gets folded in a few weeks after the OS is released, without any major hassles.

No idea on the Android topic. From what I understand, most android phones never see an update unless they are those lucky few that get them from the handset vendors or they are using a Google branded phone.

I do think the updates after a version release are rapid due to the number of changes (complexity) as opposed to simple point release updates which are often incremental without the big changes you see with a new full version.

If Apple follows the typical developer flow (Dev, Model Office, Production), then it just depends on when a bug is reported as to when it is addressed. Updates in our corporate environment are pushed out in waves only on specific dates (target dates for versions), and if something doesn't make it into the update list within a necessary lead time, it is pushed off until the next update.

Probably a common practice among corporate IT shops.
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Yeah. I wondered about that too.
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Apple needs to add the option for 3G, WiFI, Bluetooth, and Air Plane Mode toggles to the notification center.

Although I agree, I would much prefer that Apple offer the following two options:

1. Activation of services via location profiles (Wi-Fi on at "Home" and 3G off; 3G on when I leave "Home" and Wi-Fi off).

2. Allow Siri to activate and de-activate 3G, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.


Please, everyone click the link below and make an enhancement request.


http://www.apple.com/feedback/iphone.html
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There's an error in the table.
3G runs iOS 4.
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Best make this a red article!!

If only AI could make it green slowly fading to red, right to left .
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If only AI could make it green slowly fading to red, right to left .

Apple confirms iOS 5 update to address battery life bugs affecting iPhone users

Don't ask me to do it by letter.
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Apple confirms iOS 5 update to address battery life bugs affecting iPhone users

Don't ask me to do it by letter.

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1) Don't forget brightness, though I would love to be able to speak these commands to Siri, too.

2) The Verizon iPhone 4 didn't have the option to turn off '3G' either. Even though that's not a real issue for a CDMA network I have to wonder if the reason for the exclusion is a limitation of the MDM66x0 chip. I say this because that's when this feature went away, not when Apple introduces to LTE to have an "Enable 4G" toggle switch.

That might make since because my 4 running the new software still has the enable 3G switch
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Why would you want it?

It'd be nice to have some for of clock app to come with it if just for the alarms but there's 3rd party options so it's not a particularly big deal
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iPad doesn't have the clock/timer/stopwatch/alarm?

Just get Clock Pro HD for iPad. All you'll ever need.
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Apple confirms iOS 5 update to address battery life bugs affecting iPhone users

Don't ask me to do it by letter.

Bravissimo!
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My mail app on my new 4S crashes constantly--many times a day. I pray that a fix for this is included in the update. It's making me crazy, and I've tried everything, including replacing the handset and three trips to the Genius Bar, but nothing has helped.

Now that Steve is in the iCloud, does that mean he's omniscient and I can ask him directly?
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Apple confirms iOS 5 update to address battery life bugs affecting iPhone users

Don't ask me to do it by letter.

I want it by letter. Stat!

I also want it green fading to red, not the other way around!! Sheesh!
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I want it by letter. Stat!

I also want it green fading to red, not the other way around!! Sheesh!

I want it repeated until HTMLI colours, 000000 through FFFFFFF, are shown.

Hmm. That shouldn't be that hard of a C program to write.
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