Apple promises software update to address iOS 5 bugs

3 Nov 2011

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Apple will be bringing out a software update in the coming weeks to address bugs reported by users that result in lower battery life on iOS 5 devices, including the new iPhone 4S smartphone.

The technology giant said a small number of users reported the issue.

Earlier this week, reports began to emerge about a flaw in the location system in the new iOS 5 operating system that is the cause of a rapid battery drain for some owners of the iPhone 4S and other devices that upgraded to the new operating system.

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” a spokesperson told Apple news site The Loop. “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.”

Users were claiming the ‘Setting Time Zone’ element of Location Services in iOS 5 is operating even if they have remained stationary. An icon within the setting indicates users have moved location in the last 24 hours, even though some remained in the same location.

If the smartphone thinks the user has moved even though they haven’t, it means it is drawing down battery power by using the Wi-Fi, mobile antenna and GPS sensor simultaneously as it tries to calculate where it is geographically.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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