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  • Apple Admits iPhone 4S Battery Problems



    Apple officially admitted the iPhone 4S is having battery issues.

    Actually they admitted a "small number of customers" are experiencing crap battery life. I suppose a "small number" is PR speak for "so many people have started complaining that we'll release a statement assuring them they're in the minority and that a fix is on the way."

    The Loop coaxed the following statement out of an Apple spokesperson:

    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.

    That software update will likely be iOS 5.0.1 which was released to developers today. Reports have already confirmed that the iOS 5.0.1 developers build does indeed fix a number of the battery issues plaguing iPhone 4S users. Apple included dictation and iCloud fixes as well.

    Hopefully Apple's release window of "a few weeks" is more accurate than their iTunes Match release window of "by then end of October." Until Apple releases the update try this fix to extend the 4Ss battery life.

    Have any of the developers in the MMi community had the chance to test iOS 5.0.1 out and confirm Apple resolved the battery issues?

    Source: The Loop
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Admits iPhone 4S Battery Problems started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. ipony's Avatar
      ipony -
      kewl, where is the friggin JB
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipony View Post
      kewl, where is the friggin JB
      I'm sure it does take a while trying to hack it.
      Why don't you try doing it and bang it out faster?
    1. uhelios's Avatar
      uhelios -
      Tested iOS 5.0.1 on my iPhone 4S (ATT) and it definitely improves the battery life
    1. etworld's Avatar
      etworld -
      nothing new, if PR speak, its not a small number.
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      I have this battery issue. I had it fully charged at about 10am this morning. It was dead by 7pm. I looked at my usage stats and I had about 5 1/2 hours of use (was at the doctors office for quite a while today) and around 3 1/2 of standby. I'm thinking I should get around 7 hours easy of actual use, right? Anyways, I'm going to try out this 5.0.1 beta and see if it makes things better. on another note. Anyone else having issues when playing back video on their iphone and trying to get the slider to recognize that you want to move the video forwards or backwards? It can take me sometimes about 7 to 8 tries before it will finally let me move it. This is my second iphone 4s and I had replaced the other one because of that very problem because I was told it was a "multi-touch issue" as the apple floor rep got to try it out and it did the same thing to him. Thing is, my second one does the very same thing, so I'm assuming it's software related.
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      Good to know! It'll be interesting to see how much the battery life improves
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      See my post about iPhone 4S battery fix
    1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar
      Phillip Swanson -
      I believe it is software related. Before I upgraded my iPhone 4 to iOS 5 I had no issues using the video slider. Now the only way I can get it to respond is a very precises and calculated effort to hit the slider. And once I've activated the slider, its not nearly as responsive moving backward and forward.
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      Link to my post: iPhone 4S battery fix:

      Worked on 2 iPhone 4Ss
    1. LrdBane's Avatar
      LrdBane -
      I knew I wasn't going crazy. I have that too as well as a little lag in safari when I goto a page. Use the back button the address bar hangs a bit longer than on 4.x. It's annoying. I thought cause I was on a slower 3GS but if 4 users have the slider problem maybe I'm not as crazy.
    1. zYxMa's Avatar
      zYxMa -
      My 4S updated to 5.0.1.. testing.. seems better, but will know for sure tomorrow..
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      About time they admit it.
    1. Lilzmoose's Avatar
      Lilzmoose -
      I have slider video problems as well.

      **does anyone have problems with texts norma sending** I'm running iPhone 4s iOS 5
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I've noticed some battery issues, I've been doing some testing myself.
    1. kbcox0327's Avatar
      kbcox0327 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      I have this battery issue. I had it fully charged at about 10am this morning. It was dead by 7pm. I looked at my usage stats and I had about 5 1/2 hours of use (was at the doctors office for quite a while today) and around 3 1/2 of standby. I'm thinking I should get around 7 hours easy of actual use, right? Anyways, I'm going to try out this 5.0.1 beta and see if it makes things better. on another note. Anyone else having issues when playing back video on their iphone and trying to get the slider to recognize that you want to move the video forwards or backwards? It can take me sometimes about 7 to 8 tries before it will finally let me move it. This is my second iphone 4s and I had replaced the other one because of that very problem because I was told it was a "multi-touch issue" as the apple floor rep got to try it out and it did the same thing to him. Thing is, my second one does the very same thing, so I'm assuming it's software related.

      You're killing your battery!
    1. TK4|2|1's Avatar
      TK4|2|1 -
      So apple have admitted a fault, they will probably tell you your holding it wrong and to get a bumper. Lmao
    1. 5aint's Avatar
      5aint -
      I need to get my phone on a dev account.
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Quote Originally Posted by NiteStar View Post
      I have this battery issue. I had it fully charged at about 10am this morning. It was dead by 7pm. I looked at my usage stats and I had about 5 1/2 hours of use (was at the doctors office for quite a while today) and around 3 1/2 of standby. I'm thinking I should get around 7 hours easy of actual use, right? Anyways, I'm going to try out this 5.0.1 beta and see if it makes things better. on another note. Anyone else having issues when playing back video on their iphone and trying to get the slider to recognize that you want to move the video forwards or backwards? It can take me sometimes about 7 to 8 tries before it will finally let me move it. This is my second iphone 4s and I had replaced the other one because of that very problem because I was told it was a "multi-touch issue" as the apple floor rep got to try it out and it did the same thing to him. Thing is, my second one does the very same thing, so I'm assuming it's software related.
      iPhone 4 often has the same issue!!
    1. chpxskylrk's Avatar
      chpxskylrk -
      I installed it last night...just got to work so im gonna plug it in, get a full charge and see how much milage i get....
    1. <(O)> Device's Avatar
      <(O)> Device -
      Quote Originally Posted by Senyaichiya View Post
      I'm sure it does take a while trying to hack it.
      Why don't you try doing it and bang it out faster?
      Ehehehehe check it out beavis he said bang. Ehehehe. But in all seriousness you are correct good sir. I mean besides redsn0w with the iPad 1 and the iPhone 4 and the iPod touch you really have no clear tool yet for the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 :/