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Apple released iOS 5.0.1 on Thursday after a remarkably short beta testing period. But was the release too expedited? A number of complaints from iOS 5 device owners on the Apple Support Discussion forums suggest that could be the case.

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Apple released iOS 5.0.1 on Thursday after a remarkably short beta testing period and faster than many expected after a promised timeline of a “few weeks.” But was the release too expedited? A number of complaints from iOS 5 device owners on the Apple Support Discussion forums suggest that could be the case.

Far from cries of relief, the Apple Discussions site has been flooded since the update with stories of how the software fix hasn’t actually fixed anything at all. Users complain that battery issues remain, and some who say they have never experienced any battery problems before the 5.0.1 update now see problems post-installation.

Many users (five pages’ worth of new complaints on one thread alone) are expressing a similar suspicion that maybe the battery issue is not really related to software at all but may be endemic to the iPhone 4S itself. Others claim that the 5.0.1 update has introduced new problems, like microphone failures, Wi-Fi signal loss and cellular network inconsistencies. Some of the issues I reported that weren’t addressed specifically by the update’s release notes appear to also remain in play, judging by reports from other users and personal experience since the update.

The update isn’t all bad; the introduction of multitouch gestures for the original iPad works well and is a welcome addition. And the first over-the-air iOS update went very smoothly, downloading and installing within just a few minutes, compared to the rather time-consuming and complicated process of updating via iTunes. But it does seem like it was rushed out the door without making sure it addressed the problem at the fore of most users’ minds.

I haven’t had any significant battery problems with iOS 5 and nothing seems to have changed in that regard, but the flood of disappointed feedback from users is undeniable. What about you? Has the update fixed your device, left it unchanged or made things worse?

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  1. Although I’ve never really been able to make it through a full day on one charge, after installing 5.0.1 and charging to 100% I woke up to 76% battery life. The only open apps were Mail, clock, and phone. I can’t imagine that loosing 24% battery on standby is considered a fix….

  2. Really was hoping for it to fix the volume problem when using Siri. No dice.

  3. I’ve to say that I didn’t had any battery issues before the update to 5.0.1, or at least, it was working OK for me. But since I updated the battery time is shorter. Now I’ll update back to OS5.0 version.

  4. I never had any battery issues, but I was hoping that this update would fix sound check. It did not. My music volume is all over the place.

  5. I have an iPhone 4s. I love the phone. I HATE the battery. I use my phone a lot and I have to charge it 3 times a day! When I had my 3GS I never had to do that. I did the update last night and it was smooth and fast but it did nothing! I have a suspicion that it made the battery even worse.

  6. Not tested it fully yet but it doesn’t stop location services being on all the time when activated for “Setting Time Zone” in system location settings.

  7. I was definitely experiencing battery issues prior to the update, as well as some other issues, one notably being that regardless of what sort of signal the phone was reporting, cellular internet would occasionally seem to simply fail, with nothing loading or loading VERY slowly unless I flicked Airplane mode on and off or restart the phone completely.

    In my limited testing of the update yesterday and this morning, I can report that my battery is much better, closer to my prior iPhone 4’s battery life now, and that even the cellular connection seems stronger and more consistent. So yea, personally pretty happy with this update.

  8. I wasnt having any particular battery issues however was experiencing that same random Internet stoppage. More so when on 3G service. A quick reset seemed to fix the problem too. Haven’t had any issues since updating.

  9. after my update i haven’t been able to connect to my cellular network for about 90 percent of the time. this is not good at all! fix this Apple!

  10. I am amazed because I was one of those who worked with apple to try and help fix the issue and they would combat me with.. Well this the way it’s supposed to be when obviously it shouldn’t.. I gave up after a few tries of trying to explain my issues

  11. Why are you so hell bent on being critical of the battery issue. Over a million sold yet only a handful of complaints. I think you need to refocus Gigaom. No I don’t work for or have any connection with Apple.

  12. I installed 5.01 on a fully charged battery this am on my iPhone 4, and after an hour in, it still says 100%, not normal before. Should I be worried? (kidding)
    Actually it was a joy to be able to update without connecting to a computer.

  13. Battery still stinks. Now I’m having issues connecting to the internet.

  14. I started having battery issues yesterday with IOS 5. Suddenly the battery life lasts less than before, without any apparent reason.

  15. Since upgrading to 5.0.1 I keep getting an Invalid SIM message and have to reboot to get the phone signal back.

  16. I’ve got no new problems after update and battery life is better. Although just sufficient for a full day before, it is past 3:30 PM and I’ve used the phone off and on since about 7AM and the battery bar has barely budged. Of course YMMV. However, those who have problems are understandably the the most likely to comment so it will be hard to judge the frequency of problems and whether specific software (IOS 5 0r other) is to blame.

  17. i have a problem with sim card its getting failed i have changed my sim card 4 times but no use also when im recieving a call only i can see a number no cantact name also siri cannt make my local calls only intenational calls with prfix country code only its really bad ios 5 after waiting for 14 months

  18. No battery issues with 5.0 or 5.0.1
    But I had all but essential apps not allowed to use location services even with iOS 4
    Turned them on as needed when prompted by an app. Turned them off when done. Us this not like turning a light off when leaving a room, not idling your car engine etc. to save energy costs, make fuel last longer? Automation is useful only to a certain point.
    No other issues with IOS 5 except News stand! I should have control over where I place apps folders etc on my device, not a news corporation or device manufacturer. Apple and NY Times need to reconsider this and make it right soon! 5.0.2 would be perfect time in my opinion.

  19. Go to Settings>General>Siri and disable raise to activate after the update it fixes the issue

  20. iPhone 4S battery Friday, November 11, 2011

    I am really not sure why people hate me so much. I perform better than iPhone 4 battery.

  21. The keyboard doesn’t show up when it should. For example on search sometimes I will have to reset the device before the keyboard will appear.

  22. Cristi Rotundu Friday, November 11, 2011

    I recently bought the 4S (barely 12 hours ago)
    I have updated to 5.0.1 right away; 4 hours after my last full recharge I’m at 57% with nothing but email checks and some web look-ups. I’ll give this a break for now because maybe I didn’t have it long enough for battery life to be relevant.
    But another two weird things happened: I randomly got really bad reception and even “no service”, enough to have two friends already complain about me being “unreachable”; I’ve also got a “SIM card error” three times and it didn’t go away without a shutdown/restart.

    One more thought regarding the battery life though: my 1year old iPod Touch 4Gen, iOS 5.0.1 just lasted me a full day with email push notifications active, a couple hours of bluetooth music and some browsing.
    I have a really bad feeling this is a hardware issue with the 4S, after all.

  23. My 3GS battery would last me 2-3 days with my normal use. I can’t make it through a day with the 4s and the only thing really different is a minimal use of Siri. It seems to drain while it’s sleeping more than when I’m using an app such add juxtaposer. On another note motion equalizing capabilities the camera supposedly had are non existent.

  24. After suffering from the ihpone4s phone battery which is something definitely unacceptable for apple, i have upgraded to ios5.0.1….I can assure no the battery drain problem never fixed, in opposit new problem/ even an extremely worse one ” losing signal for almost 90% of the time ”
    I prefer to lose battery than to lose signal!
    Apple we need a fix ! Quickly

  25. I have upgraded to ios 5.01 on my new 4S. Since, the battery is just as bad and now i have very bad to no WIFI reception and cellular network connection is much worse than before!!! Very upset.

  26. The very first day I got the phone this week I left everything on – Bluetooth, push email, time zone check in location services.
    The battery drained like crazy in couple hrs. I was down almost 30 to 40 percent. This too when I am not using the phone. I turned off these things and now phone is not draining the battery fast. But it still drains faster compared to my older 3GS. Me seriously thinking of going back to 3GS. Siri or 8 MP camera are not game changer for me. If I have charge constantly then not good. I am not on the new IOS 5.0.1 update and don’t want to be after reading this. I want a phone that is not sucking juice at a alarming rate.

  27. I’ve noticed that after the update under location services that the reminders app seems to be running all the time. My battery dropped 20% in one hour. I flicked it off. Now lets see if that works.

  28. Well, ‘Music’ coughed and then quit loading altogether. It repeatedly crashes to my home page. I’ve wiped my phone and am waiting for the sync to finish as I write this.

  29. The only issue I have notes so far is the battery, and that is in standby where I have the issue.
    Last check (post 5.01 update) was after a reboot and full charge, a day later usage was showing 35 minutes active, 22hr 17min in standby with a battery value = 49%.

    No change for me.
    iPhone 4 – 16gb Black ATT

  30. My Verizon iPhone4 used to require a recharge every 2nd or 3rd day, after installing iOS 5 the phone actually ran out of juice during a phone call after about 13 hours of normal use. Updating to iOS 5.1 helped a lot — the phone is at 71% after 13 hours, back to the way it was if not a bit better.

  31. i just installed the 5.0.1 and it significantly improved the perfomance of my 3GS, it was slow damn slow and hanging all the time after IOS 5 update. now i feel more comfortable with the phone. however, the battery life issue still a big fail. still needs imporvement.

  32. i just installed the 5.0.1 and it significantly improved the perfomance of my 3GS, it was slow damn slow and hanging all the time after IOS 5 update. now i feel more comfortable with the phone. however, the battery life issue still a big fail. still needs imporvement.

  33. I upgraded 3 devices. 4 became worse, 4s better, iPad no change.

  34. My blackberry bold 9780 could squeeze 3 days with heavy usage. Hmm I wonder what are the differences…

  35. Thomas Schmidt Monday, November 14, 2011

    My battery life is definitely shorter under iOS5.0.1 than under iOS5. Also does my iPhone 4s occasionally shut down although the battery status is not critically low …

  36. im using the 4s too. im experiencing the same battery issue, but haven’t done the update yet. i believe that apple has to come up with a new update which will solve most of the problems. everyone is waiting or else that day wont be far where iPhone users will switch to other phones due to such small hick ups.

  37. No fix at all @ Akku case , i also got another Problem with browsing via WLAN.

  38. Update to 5.0.1 brings nothing just another Problem with browsing in WLAN.

  39. Updated to 5.0.1 on my 3Gs and now none of my music will play! This is sh**!

  40. Im having serious problems with my network consistency and 3G usage! my network signal disappears very very frequently and I have to restart the phone in order to even make a call!The problems are really bad with reception!it says no network constantly

  41. I had never experienced battery issues on my iPod Touch 4th generation on iOS 5 and the iOS 5.0.1 didn’t seem to do anything to me at all… My iPod battery has always been fine. How long does your guy’s battery last? With the battery problems because I’m not quite sure how long I should be watching my charge to make sure I don’t have the battery problem?

  42. This upgrade really suckkkks..I just updated my iPod touch and it dies way faster now…So DO NOT UPGRADE to this version it will drain ur battery by only listing to music for 2 hours

  43. I have an iPhone 4, not 4s. I have had all the most recent softwares on my phone though and I never had any problems like yall are talking about. I was afraid to update to 5.0.1 because of what I heard but I finally did it last week and I haven’t noticed anything like what I’ve heard. This kind of makes me think that the problems aren’t in the updates or the software but rather in the phones themselves. I think apple should recall, replace, or refund for all 4s users. This isn’t right them lying about what causes the problem

  44. Ive had battery issues one charge will not last all day. This 4s and 5.01 sucks hard!!!!

  45. Since downloading the new iso 5.0.1 I have no tones for my alerts,email, texts and my music wont play through the phone speakers?
    My phone signal keeps cutting off mid conversation and my wifi is not working properly :( its pants!

  46. “”Posted by: DrGBH Friday, November 11 2011

    Not tested it fully yet but it doesn’t stop location services being on all the time when activated for “Setting Time Zone” in system location settings.””

    I can confirm that this is the same case for me on ios5.0.1

    It had made my data charges go through the roof! And Im sure that is what was draining the battery so much.

    I turned off the auto set time zone setting and am going to see if it make a difference.

  47. My standby only lasts an hour with the update:(

    1. I have an iPod touch 4G btw

  48. Severe wifi issue since update.

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