Every since the iPhone4S was released there was an immediate noise from users about their battery life diminishing about 15-25% worse than their previous phone. I personally experienced this and thought there was an issue. My first thought was that the use of the location based reminders that I was so interested in, and was using a lot, had to be the culprit. Pinging GPS constantly to know where you are has to beat up battery life.
More quietly there was even concern coming from iPhone 4 and iPad users about their battery life and now we know why.
Apple has admitted there is a battery life issue and it’s not hardware related, but software, as in iOS5.
From Apple; “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.”
While not as big as “antenna gate” with the iPhone4, this is a pretty big deal. Battery life is a major issue with smartphones. Android phones, especially the ones on 4G, have struggled to maintain a useable battery life and not be as thick as a book and give you all the doodads and gizmo features. It is a fine life manufactures have to walk.
- Apple Admits Software Bugs Hurting Battery Life in iPhone (bits.blogs.nytimes.com)
- Apple says ‘a few bugs’ causing iOS 5 battery life issues, fix incoming (chron.com)
- Apple promises a fix for iPhone 4S battery issues (infoworld.com)
- Apple Promises Software Update “In A Few Weeks” To Address iOS 5 Battery Life Issues (macstories.net)