iOS 5.0.1 Update May Not Resolve Battery Issues (Updated)

The recent iOS 5.0.1 update has not been well-received by many iPhone users, as evidenced by the growing number of complaints on Apple support boards. Numerous reports suggest that the update, intended to fix battery life bugs, has instead led to decreased battery performance for some, with users experiencing even faster battery drain than before. While a few have noticed some improvements, the overall sentiment is negative, with some even calling the update a failure. This situation has drawn comparisons to the infamous ‘antennagate‘ debacle in terms of public relations headaches for Apple.

Here are a few remarks from frustrated users:

“Yesterday, my iPhone 4 was running iOS 5.0 and the battery life was excellent.

I updated to iOS 5.0.1 last night via OTA and now, without even using it much at work, the battery has plummeted to 55% in just 2.5 hours. I haven’t made any calls. Apple, this is hardly a fix!”

“Since updating my iPhone 4s to iOS 5, my battery drains at a rate of 1% every 1 minute and 36 seconds. It seems I need to charge it every hour and 20 minutes.

There’s no way to revert to iOS 5.0, which is very annoying.”

“I was hoping the new update would normalize the battery life on my new phone, but iOS 5.0.1 has only made things worse. I’m considering switching back to a BlackBerry, which at least lasted two full days on a charge.”

From my personal experience, the battery life on my iPhone 4 significantly worsened after installing iOS 5 last month. Upgrading to the iPhone 4S didn’t help, as the battery performance didn’t match what I had before the update. However, updating to 5.0.1 at an airport via WiFi was a breeze compared to tethering to a computer, taking just about 12 minutes.

While these experiences are purely anecdotal, the consistent theme is that battery life is degrading, even when the phone is idle overnight, which was not an issue before the introduction of iOS 5 and 5.0.1.

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