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Apple still investigating battery life issues post-iOS 5.0.1

Apple has provided the a statement to AllThingsD's John Paczkowski concerning continued battery life issues following this week's iOS 5.0.1 release.

The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.

TiPb is conducting a poll to see how, if at all, iOS 5.0.1 has helped improve battery life so head on over there and give us your impressions.

Source: AllThingsD

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  • Haven't had time to upgrade to 5.0.1 but I definitely have 5.0 battery life issues (full charge to 0% in 6 hours with only minor usage)
  • Mine is worse since the update. I really
    Hope apple sort this soon. I only
    Get 8-10 hours of light use on a full charge. Simply not good enough
  • Same here
  • The same for me. Ever since the update it's actually been a little worse. I had it tolerable with 5.0 by letting the battery drain, stopped some recommended features, then recharged and it did get a little better. But now....
  • I think the update made it worst
  • I'm sure there's a lot of negative placebo effect going on here.
    Give it a few days, with your normal usage and report back.
  • Wow, im not having any of those problems. What could it be? did you follow steps to improve battery life (remove push in email and notifcations on other stuff?) Mine has been on since 8 andnow at 4pm its at 59% with moderate to light-heavy use of sms texting.
  • I know one thing is network strength. If your in a poor signal area, which is most of the problem with sprint, (my network) then it will kill the battery faster.
  • I know one thing is network strength. If your in a poor signal area, which is most of the problem with sprint, (my network) then it will kill the battery faster.
  • I don't consider turning off features a viable solution
  • It's temporary. Calm down.
  • Why run crap that you don't use? Even if battery issue wasn't there, why waste battery on unused apps or features? Do you run the ac in your house in the middle of winter with the windows down? Does the Family Fued app or or any other game really need to know your location?
  • Just got off the phone with Apple about my iPhone 4S 16 GB. After doing the update yesterday, I was hopeful of a better battery life. However after a full charge last night and a 2 hour charge on the MacBook Pro this morning, I was down to 75% battery life after 1 hour and 25 minutes . I only checked my email 2 times and sent 4 text messages and made 3 short 2 minute calls. The apple rep told me that 5.0.2 would be out next week and that will fix all of the issues. I was then told that they will replace my phone however I have to pay them $29 dollars. After I told them that my phone was less than one month old and should be swapped out free of charge, I was told that it did not matter. If I did not have Apple Care on my phone I had to pay the money. What kind of B.S is this? The new HTC Vivid is looking real good at this point in time.
  • Му bеst friеnd's mоm mаkes 81 dоllars аn hоur оn thе соmputer. Shе hаs bеen оut оf јоb fоr 9 mоnths but lаst mоnth hеr сhеck wаs 7500 dоllars јust wоrking оn thе соmputer fоr а fеw hоurs. Rеad аbout it hеre
  • No, no no!! She's one of those webcam whores! That's why she's makin' BANK!!! Showing it for all the perverts!
  • No, no no!! She's one of those webcam whores! That's why she's makin' BANK!!! Showing it for all the perverts!
  • Mine was fine out the box. Not as lasting as my previous 4 but I'm not complaining. I get about 2 full days in one charge on my 4S. I didn't upgrade to 5.0.1 since I wanna wait for the untethered jailbreak already.
  • Yup. Same here. No problems with battery and not upgrading to 5.0.1 either, although it's doubtful that 5.0.1 includes any fixes as far as JB exploits are concerned, as no jailbreak has been attempted specifically for the iPhone 4S or iPad 2.
  • I don't get it, my battery is fine.
  • I think that maybe the way the phone meters its battery is off. I've noticed that %100-90 happens very quickly with very light usage. But when i get to the bottom %10, it takes alot of effort to kill my battery(i'm a firm believer in draining and charging the battery fully on new devices). I watched four youtube videos with full screen brightness with %1 remaining!
  • Apple are replacing my iPhone 4S with a brand new unit due to extremely poor battery life.
  • 9:20am until 5:11PM. A few calls, a few pictures, and checking e-mail mostly today. Battery is now at 84%. I'd say that's pretty acceptable.
  • @turbonix try killing some apps in the background by double-tapping the home button and holding down the app icon. Since iOS5, it seems it allows some apps to keep a thread going longer than before. This has lead to battery drain for me. You can see if this is the issue by looking at Settings->General->Usage. If your usage time is similar to standby, this is the problem. Having used an ip4 for over a year, an hour of standby is roughly 1% and an hour of usage is approx 10% (with mix of data, music, and processor-intensive usage such as games). Using this metric, it will quantify "good" and "bad" battery drain
  • I must be the luckiest person in the world when it comes to smart phones. I never, and I mean never, have any of the problems people seem to have with their phones. I didn't even have problems with my BB Storm 2, possibly the worst phone in the entire world. I read above someones phone died after 6 hours of minor use. Go get a new phone, there is something wrong with yours. I use my phone moderately and get at worst a full day with some left or at best 2 full days of use.
  • My battery life improved or so it seems since I shut off the battery power % meter. Maybe I was just lucky. Anybody else try it?
  • After the update I noticed my standby time improved slightly used to be about 2-3% overnight on 8-9hrs down now to just 1%. I dismantelled location services tho and wi-fi. Overall, I noticed a very sligh improvement during normal use
  • My battery life before the update was better than my EVO with the stock battery. My battery life after the update is definitely better. I'm good.
  • Thats a cheap shot.
  • lol... it's actually the truth.
    Or Steve Jobs would have emailed someone complaining back tell then they are holding it.. I mean configuring it wrong.
    My battery is worse, but at least i know they are working on it.
  • You know what they say, right? Only the people with the problems are the ones bitching about it. So to say "tons", might be a lot, or at least seem that way, due to what's being reported. But actually, it's most likely a VERY small part of the iPhone population that is having an issue.
    I have an iPhone 4S and I used my phone as I regularly do from removing it from the charger at about 9:20am this morning, and I still had 85% charge at 5:11pm this afternoon, and now it's about 7:30pm and I'm at 69%. Those numbers seem about the same as my iPhone 4 as far as I remember.
    You may genuinely have a defective iPhone, but maybe give them two more weeks or so, then I'd stop pulling punches. If you're phone is literally only lasting 4 or 5 hours with minimal use, then there is definitely a problem.
  • My battery life on my iPhone 4s was really would run out in less than an hour...just on stand by...I almost thought I would have to send it for repair.. But with the update it lasts two hours.. I am so pleased.
  • 100% when I took it off the charger at 6:00 a.m. 3 hours in a rural area with virtually no service from any carrier. A few phone calls, heavy email, facebook and web usage. At 10:38 p.m. it shows 35%. I'm not going to complain.
  • I don't have any baterry life issues on 3GS and 4 (5.0) until I updated to 5.0.1 yesterday! I sure hope 5.0.2 is out very soon!
  • I don't have any baterry life issues on 3GS and 4 (5.0) until I updated to 5.0.1 yesterday! I sure hope 5.0.2 is out very soon!
  • Makes me wonder how they arrived at the given hours on the chart from the intro (see photo above)????
  • first day my batter was better, but now as soon as it hits 52-50% it shuts down like it hit 0% and wont come back on til i plug it in to a wall.
    also first night after update i lost 0% over night on battery, last night 10%
  • Ive been going on 12 hours of very minimal usage and am at 77% charged. Much better then before the update. This is with Exchange web mail running also. Beats the heck out of the BB Curve I was toting before this.
  • I updated my iphone4 last night, battery life at 70% got bloody wiped out over night with the new ios 5.0.1 update! My battery life is worse than ever!