How's your battery life on iOS 5.0.1?

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1, purportedly to fix all the rigamarole surrounding battery life issues, but now that the TiPb Nation has had it for a day or so, we're curious -- did it get the job done? Is standby rock solid for you now, or still tumbling like it's in free fall? Can you turn your various location and notification settings back on and still, you know, have power left to use your iPhone as a phone? Can you raise Siri to speak without her telling you to go plug in somewhere?

And how's everything else working for you? Any bugs under 5.0.1 you didn't have before the update?

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How's your battery life on iOS 5.0.1?

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just downloaded the IPSW and about to make a custom one to preserve BB im interested in seeing if it really did fix battery life.. coz it was really bad with me

iPad-1 got better; iPhone4 on VZW - no change... wasn't bad after iOS5, and seems same on 5.0.1 - all in all meh.

My problem is lack of ability to turn 3G off. We all know it's a battery saver but as I live in an area with poor 3G coverage I've not yet made or received a phone call without it being dropped part way through. My old 3Gs was fine for calls with 3G off. So, on my iPhone 4S, not only can I not turn 3G off to save battery, I can't use it as a telephone either. It's a lovely looking paperweight though...

Interestingly enough, my friend who still has an iPhone 4 says that with the new update, switching 3G off actually uses MORE battery now. Don't know how that can be but he has done some fundamental tests to find it to be a fact. I would be curious to see if others have done this.

Interestingly enough, my friend who still has an iPhone 4 says that with the new update, switching 3G off actually uses MORE battery now. Don't know how that can be but he has done some fundamental tests to find it to be a fact. I would be curious to see if others have done this.

Interestingly enough, my friend who still has an iPhone 4 says that with the new update, switching 3G off actually uses MORE battery now. Don't know how that can be but he has done some fundamental tests to find it to be a fact. I would be curious to see if others have done this.

Sadly dude, just turning off cellular data isn't the same as turning off 3G. It's a totally different thing. Trust me I've tried everything possible in the past few weeks including ringing/emailing both Apple and my provider (O2) I've had my sim card replaced AND my phone but there's nothing I can do. I NEED to turn off 3G specifically to be able to use my phone as a phone.

That doesn't turn off 3G. That turns off data all together. You obviously are new to iPhone. Otherwise you would know that they have always had an option to turn off 3G, allowing you to use 2G data. This greatly enhanced network speed at cost of battery, and also gave ability to talk on phone and use data at the same time. I kind of want that ability back. And turning off cellular data is not the same thing.

Have you considered the possibility that this is a hardware limitation with the new radio? If the radio does not allow you to selectively switch 3G on and off, no amount of b*tching and moaning is going to change it.
BTW, Apple doesn't manufacture the radio either...

I've had terrible battery since 5.0 and I haven't had 1 full day of use yet to compare. So far, it's a very marginal improvement.

It's a bit early to ask how people's battery life is, isn't it? The update only came out at what? 3pm yesterday (central). I grabbed it immediately but have only had it installed for ~18 hours, much of which I was sleeping.

No kidding. My battery problems were kind of intermittent, so I can't really say yet whether they're fixed or not.

OMG IS THIS ALL YOUR GOOD FOR?!?? Retarted survey post your the worst thing to ever happen to the IPhone blog. Plus I can't ever watch a podcast anymore with out seeing your face. Please stop!

Try stringing together a legitimate sentence before pointing fingers, pal. It's a survey. Calm down.

OMG IS THIS ALL YOUR GOOD FOR?!?? Retarted survey post your the worst thing to ever happen to the IPhone blog. Plus I can't ever watch a podcast anymore with out seeing your face. Please stop!

Not fixed. I can see the battery drain in front of my eyes. iPhone 4 running 5.0 before and now 5.0.1 !!
Hope apple will get it resolved soon !!!
The Battery is not enough for 1 day work. I.e 8-10 hours.

try deleting all the apps from memory. Sometimes an app keeps a thread going and kills the battery

If you're battery is draining that fast there's either a problem with the phone itself, the software, ie have you tried doing a restart or restoring the OS? You can use an app like System Activity Monitor to see what processes are running and maybe see if one is running when it shouldn't be.

First off, OTA worked flawlessly on iPhone 4S and iPad 2. I didn't really think I was having much of a problem, at least in comparison to friends reporting the issue (though iPad definitely drained faster than usual). Standby had been decent, but extensive browsing would drain pretty quickly. AFTER the update I can see I was clearly having a problem. I fully last night, unplugged and went to sleep. Battery was 96% this morning, whereas in the past it would be around 85%.

No battery issues on my 3GS phone. Update went smoothly.
Though, my 4th generation 8GB iPod had limited space and I was forced to update through iTunes on the Mac. But the upgrade worked fine.
An interesting data point might be to compare the iPod with the iPhone. ( probably could compare against iPhone 4 ) Maybe from that it could point to some cellular network activity that might be causing the drain? Since the iPod does not have that hardware....
Maybe some people have different third party apps running in the background?

I haven't had time to evaluate it yet, but I wasn't having any problems before. Hopefully the update doesn't make it worse. :-P

Because Like with any software update everything is reset. Your battery is still on cycle with what it had before. It has to be conditioned and reset for the new software.

I guess the time zone bug wasn't fixed. My phone dropped 12% this morning after less than an hour of no use. I flipped the time zone thing back to off. I mean it's 2011 who needs a phone to know what part of the world you are in...leave that to the future. Stuff like that is way over Apple's head.

Don't notice, don't care. I charge it when it needs charging. I have better thing to do than keep track of which apps I'm using, and how for long.

i dont think that ios 5.0.1 will fix the battery problem it is a advertorial game by apple . because they want to remind us the battery problem for to show us new iphone 5 is with outbattery problem. thats all :))

Holy crap, I've been using my phone since 6am and its at 93%... 93%!!! I didn't feel like I had a problem before, but something about this update has given back my phone better battery than I've ever seen since owning an iPhone. It also runs very cool... where before sometimes it would heat up a bit then the battery would drain faster.
How about people do some blogs about the positive things around the update.. its been a miracle for me. Apple - keep up the great work!

Sadly, my battery life was fantastic before the update and I figured, hey, it can't hurt, and now it's just god awful. I'm furious.

I took my phone off the charger at about 9am this morning. Right now it's 4:49pm and I just check the battery. I'm at 85%. I've taken 2 pictures today, and checked my e-mail a few times, as well as made a few phone calls. I have the iPhone 4S. Seems like it's working well for me.

The battery life went bad after this update. My phone was at 80% charge by 23.30 before I went to sleep and on waking up at 6.30 found to be dead with no charge at all. I don't know what eat the battery during the night which has never happended before.

iPhone 4s with 5.0.1 is much better. I'm leaving work now at 10:15pm with 20% battery left without any charging (as opposed to having to charge before leaving with 5.0) took it off charger twelve and a half hours ago. That's with a good amount of usage. Including playing infinity blade for 2-3 bloodlines playing music and checking mail. Still just under par with my iPhone 4 though.

My problem is now I'm unable to charge to 100%...it stops around 92%...which is more than annoying on a £550 4S

I don't know if it's because I switched from anOGDroid which had awful battery life but I am not noticing any battery issues and haven't since I got the phone last month. Stop forcing the battery down by testing it with apps. Just use your phone as you normally would.

My initial reaction was that this was horrendous. I lost 90% of my battery with no real change to my usage pattern in 6 hours. I can typically got about a day and a half on a full charge with iOS 4.3.5 on an iPhone 4. iOS 5.0 took that to about a day.
I did a hard reset, and had noting. Did a complete restore, NADA. Let the battery completely die ad so far today things are looking better.

I can't vote from my iPhone... It keeps trying to open a new window when I tap "vote." JavaScript doesn't work that way, but I don't know how to tell my phone that. SIRI can't handle commands quite that complex yet :l

Have to agree with you there. Georgia is hot, especially in the Wonder Woman Costume. Maybe next time we can get her to be Batgirl and get Ashley to be Supergirl. LOL!!!

A co-worker who recently got an iPhone 4S asked me about the "battery life issue". I told him that I never had a problem with the battery life on my white 4S. After the update, it's even better. I never had a previous iPhone to compare it to. All I have to compare it to is previous generation Smartphones on different platforms (Samsung Jack/Window Mobile, Palm Centro- Palm OS, Palm Pre +, WebOS and HTC EVO4G, Android) and compared to those, the iPhone 4S gets better battery life than all of those on a stock battery. I have nothing to complain about with my 4S.

A really good starting list... I'd also like to see market research have a point all of its own (rather than included only as part of the business plan). So many start-ups put their time and effort into doing any or all of the above items without ever having done some serious market research. When anyone asks me whether they should start, I always say, "Are you sure that people want to buy what you have to sell... for a price that will give you a comfortable profit? And I don't just mean asking your mum and your friends..."