Apple is confirming what owners of the iPhone 4S and other iOS devices already know: The latest version of its mobile OS—iOS 5—seems to make your battery lose its juice faster than before. The company now says it plans to release a software update to address the problem.
In a phone call to Macworld, Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison said, “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”
Apple initially promised that (thanks to its power-efficient A5 processors) the 4S would deliver eight hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours of talk time on AT&T’s EDGE network, six hours of 3G browsing, nine hours of Wi-Fi, ten hours of video, and 40 hours of listening to music. But users have been complaining that they’re getting far less than that, and that they’re needing to charge their iPhones and iPads far more frequently than they did when they were using iOS 4.
MacWorlds Christopher Breen recently wrote about his experiences with the mysteriously leaky battery in his iPhone 4S (and his attempts to fix those leaks.) Judging from the reader responses to that story, he was far from the only one having the problem.