iPhone 4S battery problems be gone! Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 update

Apple on Thursday released iOS 5.0.1, an update that aims to cure poor battery life on the iPhone 4S

Apple yesterday released iOS 5.0.1, a highly anticipated iOS update that many are hoping will fix some longstanding battery issues present in the iPhone 4S.

Now the launch of the iPhone 4S got off to a rousing start, with Apple selling 4 million devices in just 3 days. And while most iPhone 4S users are pleased with the latest and greatest from Apple, some have unfortunately been experiencing significant battery life issues.

Over the past few weeks, a growing number of iPhone 4S users have complained of battery life that falls far outside the parameters Apple advertises on its website. Compounding matters, some have noticed significant battery drainage even while their device is in standby mode.

To this end, Apple went so far as to contact some users to glean more information about their usage habits in the hopes of identifying the root of the problem. While some users were able to alleviated the issue by toggling various location-based settings, this fix hasn't proved successful for everyone.

And so here comes the long-awaited iOS 5.0.1 update that Apple released on Thursday. While most people eager for the update are hoping to finally resolve their substandard battery life, the update also brings forth some other improvements such as:

- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad 

- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud 

- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

iOS 5.0.1  is available as an over the air (OTA) update that only checks in at 45MB.

There's nothing more frustrating than getting a fancy new device like the iPhone 4S only to find out that the battery life is subpar - to put it mildly. That said, we can only hope that the 5.0.1 update will fix all of the aforementioned battery problems.

That said, we might have to wait a few days to see how consumers respond as the update rolls out. It's too soon to say with certainty, but some initial feedback courtesy of 9to5Mac suggests that the update isn't a cure-all for everyone. Indeed, many are noting that their poor battery performance persists even in the wake of the update. One user in particular noted that he lost 2% of his battery life merely by opening up Safari.

To be fair, vocal users with battery problems is a self selecting group to the extent that those for whom the update worked are less likely to speak up. That said, hopefully most folks with battery problems have found the update to be the solution they've been looking for.

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