Apple’s iOS5 update does not fix battery issues

A battery fix has been released and Apple made it available for iPhone 4S users and those who upgraded to iOS 5 using the previous iPhone model. However, there are some users that claim that the iOS 5 update does not really fix the problems especially issues directly associated with iPhone 4s’ battery life. Some claim that the update made the matters even worse. So if you have been experiencing battery problems with your brand new iPhone 4S even if you have updated to iOS 5.0.1 battery fix, you are not alone.

Earlier this month, Apple admitted the problems with its iOS 5 and iPhone 4S’ battery life span. This led to the release of iOS 5.0.1 update but a lot of users reported that either the ‘fix’ is not fixing anything or it only make things worse. The iOS 5.0.1 Software Update was suppose to contain vital enhancements and other bug fixes such as the bugs that affect the battery life and the bugs found with documents in the Cloud. The update is also supposed to improve voice recognition especially for Australian users inclined to use dictation and add multitasking gestures for iPad. But by the looks of it, the update is not doing it perfectly.

From the discussion board at Apple Support Communities, one user reported: “Yesterday I upgraded to 5.0.1 and now battery life is SIGNIFICANTLY WORSE. Yesterday 20 min of web surfing took it down 1%.  This morning, after the upgrade last night, 20 min of surfing took it down 10%.  That’s 10 times worse” The experience could be worse because the same user is even asking how to revert back to 5.0.0.

But one user thinks otherwise. “Yesterday I upgraded to 5.0.1 and after completely recharged, battery life is LONGER. From 7:30 a.m. of this morning till now (10:30 a.m.), 3 app download, mail, localization and wifi activated, and 10 min of web surfing took it down only 4%!  Before upgrade, the same time and using, took it down 12-15%!  I’m satisfied!” This makes the battery issue trickier for Apple to handle. The fact that some users had a positive experience with the update while others did not may point to the possibility of a hardware related problem which of course could a more expensive snag for Apple to resolve using a simple iOS fix update.

Some tech experts content that if all the hardware inside the iPhone 4S are exactly the same, then the reaction of users who availed the update should also be the same. However, there are other factors that can certainly affect how long an iPhone battery should last. Certain configurations can lead to battery drainage like multi attempts to synchronize phone databases. But another explanation could be that the hardware underneath some iPhone 4S is not the exactly the same. And while this may sound like a conspiracy theory, there could be a multi – manufacturer involvement not in assembly but in producing certain components given the volumes that need to be produced. If this is true, then it could be a pretty expensive problem to solve for Apple more than an iOS update can handle.


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