If you are one of the faithful legion of Apple adopters that was hoping the latest update, iOS 5.0.1, would stop your phone from gobbling up battery life like left over Halloween candy -- sorry you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.
Big Battery Woes
Apple has amassed quite the collection of battery related issues lately. Last week, Apple admitted to an issue with the battery in the original iPod Nano overheating. I’m not sure how many people have iPods lying around from September 2005 to the end of 2006, but if you do, Apple will reward your meticulousness with a brand new iPod at no cost.
Apple’s battery problems don’t end with the Nano. Owners of the long awaited, but slightly underwhelming iPhone 4s have been complaining very vocally for weeks that the device is a battery glutton.
The Fix that Didn’t Fix the Problem
Apple released an update on Thursday, which was supposed to resolve the issue, however, many users are continuing to report problem even after the update. Even worse, owners of older devices that installed the update are indicating the software introduced new issues. Apple has now released a statement confirming what users already knew. The update didn’t fix all of the issues. Apple representatives stated,
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.”
Not all users are experiencing issues, but those who are having problems are very unhappy. They began posting in Apple’s forums almost immediately after the update was released last week.
This isn’t the first time that an Apple update caused similar problems. Last year iOS 4’s not so welcome changes included sluggish performance, bad battery life and battery overheating; Apple was rewarded with a class action lawsuit.
If you are one of the unlucky users still experiencing problems and refuse to toss your iPhone out the window of your moving car, adjusting the settings may help. Some users have reported that the “Setting Time Zone” item in Location Services is executing unnecessarily and draining the battery. Turning the service off can result in a longer battery, but will disable the automatic time adjustment when you travel.
Given the amount of attention that Apple is receiving about these continuing battery issues, you can be sure the development team is in a monster induced frenzy trying to determine the root cause of the problems and develop a resolution.