Apple has rushed out an iOS update to beta testers to fix those pesky battery issues that affected the launch of the iPhone 4S. Updated with news on the iOS 5.0.2 delay.

Big Sales Equals Big Noise When Things Go Wrong

In an ecosystem as varied as a smartphone market, when you sell four million of anything, as the iPhone 4S did in its opening weekend, there are bound to be a few teething issues. A small percentage of users have found their iPhone 4S battery life being sapped in peculiar circumstances.

Some of this is down to apps behaving badly or repeated requests being made for location information that forces the radios to work overtime. All these and other issues have been magnified by some members of press into a "nightmare" for Apple, but one that the company hopes to easily fix with a cure-all patch.

UPDATE : With iOS 5.0.1 out and failing to fix some of the power drain issues, Apple is holding back on IOS 5.0.2 for further testing as well as to fix some other issues. These include document troubles with iCloud and other problems.

On the other hand, it has given Samsung something to laugh about and prod Apple with in its new advert.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

iOS 5.0.1 is being tested now and, according to the release information, offers more than just the battery fix:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • Contains security improvements

So, Aussies should soon be able converse better with the Siri voice recognition software and iPad users will get some extra gestures. While Android fans might mock this state of affairs, consider the telco-led hoo-haa over updating any Android device to a new version of Google's mobile operating system. Then again, at least Android users have a working version of a Gmail app.