iPhone Battery Bug Persists Following iOS Update, Users Say

Apple yesterday rolled out its iOS 5.0.1 software update which, among other things, was supposed to stomp out a bug that causes iPhones and other iOS devices to lose battery life faster than they should. It also added things like multitasking gestures for the original iPad, better voice recognition for Australian users, and got rid of another bug with Documents in the Cloud, but it was the battery drain issue users were most looking forward to having resolved. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear the update did any good.

Those affected by the bug -- and not everyone is -- took to Apple's support forum to rage their frustration over the persistent issue, even after applying the update.


"Updated about 1.5 hours ago, battery has drained 20 percent then with no usage! This is awful!," one user wrote. Another use said, "Still draining the exact same rate. Unplugged with a full charge 2 1/2 hours ago, and already down to 80 percent with light usage. Just lost 2 percent during a 15 minute shower. I see no difference at all."

The forum is quickly filling up with pages and pages of similar anecdotes, and not many answers, though some have suggested running the battery all the way to zero and then fully charging it after applying the update.

How is the battery life on your smartphone, regardless of whether it's an iOS device or not?

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