Apple Extends iOS 5.0.1 To Some Customers, Tells Others They’ll Have To Wait “A Few Weeks” For A Fix

Apple Extends iOS 5.0.1 To Some Customers, Tells Others They’ll Have To Wait “A Few Weeks” For A Fix

The iPhone 4S’s mysterious battery drain issues under iOS 5 are notorious, and now Apple is seeding a beta version of iOS 5.0.1 to customers who have complained about battery life as part of its AppleSeed program.

In addition, Apple has also told its Genius Bar employees that any customers who come in reporting battery life issues should be told to wait patiently until iOS 5.0.1 is released in a “few weeks” if no hardware issues are found.

“A few weeks” sounds like an official iOS 5.0.1 release time table to me, but “suck it up and wait” is still pretty hard guidance to hear for the many people with new iPhones that bleed out their full charge every few hours.

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  • jeanlouisnguyen

    Come on, Apple. “Specificity”!

  • threedeuce5

    If you can’t wait for a software update then simply return your iPhone.  Apple has a 30 day return policy for iPhones.  I guess I just don’t see the issue here.  It’s a computer and like any computer there will be bugs.  Buy a car charger or a JuicePack and get on with your life.  At least we know there is a fix in sight.  Android users don’t even know if their phone will get the latest updates…

  • Chris Rose

    What we have here is another “Antenna Gate”…

    My wife and I bought two new 4S’ the first day they were released in the UK..

    We use them ALL day – spend an hour and a half every day sitting on the bus, using the wireless and most of the day accessing the web or taking notes and simply using them as replacement for our MacBook Pros.

    We have NOT run out of battery – after 8 hours of more or less constant use – granted, there is not much left when we get home but we HAVE NOT RUN OUT OF BATTERY – not once…

     

  • larrymadill

    I hope they work on fixing WiFi sync in 5.0.1. That works about 50% of the time for me, if… No battery life issues though. 

  • Rob

    If I wanted all this crap I would have bought a windows phone!

  • Brian

    I had the battery draining problem. One time my phone died while it was on idle. I figured it was the GPS working all the time (Maps, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare… etc). I just turned it off in settings and only use it when I use maps. My battery life has significantly increased on the same amount of usage. 

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