iPhone Battery Issues Persist With iOS 5.1
Apple’s first beta of iOS 5.1 which was issued to developers
reportedly doesn’t address the battery problems which many users have experienced thus far. Michael Morgan of ABI Research spoke with the folks over at ArsTechnica
about the battery problems which have been reported since the release of iOS 5. The problems which were first noted by existing iPhone users who updated their handset to iOS 5, were reportedly noticed by those who bought the iPhone 4S as well.
According to Morgan, although Apple has apparently been unable to solve the battery life issues for all users, an eventual software fix is still the most likely solution to the problem at hand. He mentioned that the folks over at ABI Research tore down the 4S and tested the major components including the new A5 processor. They came to the conclusion that nothing that was tested was significantly different from the iPhone 4 and that the power consumption was right where it was expected to be.
It should be noted here that the iOS 5.1 beta seeded to developers on Monday was only the first beta of the pre-release software and it is likely that Apple will try to address the issue in upcoming releases. The final debut of iOS 5.1 could very well turn out to resolve the battery issues being reported by some iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 users.
Apple previously released iOS 5.0.1
in November with hopes of an incremental update aimed to fix bugs affecting battery life on the iPhone. After installing the update, many users felt that iOS 5.0.1 failed to address the battery life
problems they had been experiencing. The Cupertino giant issued a public statement admitting that there may be some issues still needing to be addressed shortly after the launch.
The difficulty in pinpointing a problem in software as complex as Apple’s iOS 5 was noted by Morgan. According to him, the difficulty in completely addressing the battery issues lies not only within the complexity of the software but also the variables involved with how users actually use their device. Features such as Notification Center, automatic updates, and iCloud all naturally drain the battery. Those of you who are still experiencing the issue will have to continue to be patient.