iPhone Battery Bug Persists Following iOS Update, Users Say

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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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Manduh replied on Fri, Nov 11 2011 2:44 PM

Well I don't have a smartphone (or any cell phone) so I cannot answer that question, but the battery life is terrible on my 3rd gen ipod touch, I have to charge it, at the very least, once a day with light useage and every 2 days on standby (no use)...

but on my iPad2's battery life is amazing. With very heavy use I still don't have to charge for about 2 days, on standby so far it has lasted 4days with no use plus another 3days of light use before needing to charge it at all..

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Aoshi replied on Fri, Nov 11 2011 7:06 PM

Idk the issue. I have an iphone 4s and it lasts a day and a half with pretty good usage.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Nov 11 2011 10:10 PM

My sister's iphone4s does the same, battery just dies out fast. FIX this!

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omegadraco replied on Fri, Nov 11 2011 11:16 PM

Android phone lasts for about 18 hours with light usage and only like 5 hours with heavy usage. Could be that they could simply have a bad batch of batteries that got installed in these phones.

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LLeCompte replied on Sat, Nov 12 2011 12:34 AM

it sounds like their is a bug somewhere in iOS 5. everyone i know with iphones hasnt said much about it. It must be hit or miss.

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it sounds like their is a bug somewhere in iOS 5. everyone i know with iphones hasnt said much about it. It must be hit or miss.

"A logical question is, under what network are most of these complaints coming from? That's what I want to know.The 4S can operate under UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA GSM/EDGE and CDMA EV-DO Rev. A2, so what Phone company has the most users with this issue.?


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REdmands replied on Sat, Nov 12 2011 6:38 PM

all i can say is that with 5.0 there was an issue and now it's gone with 5.0.1, maybe there's a separate bug affecting the other users.

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digitaldd replied on Mon, Nov 14 2011 3:46 PM

I have a Nexus One most of the time I get get through most of the day on a single charge. But every now and then the battery will seem to drain real fast for some reason which i cannot figure out.

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