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Did iOS 5.0.1 fix your battery (and other) issues?

Apple (s aapl) 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?

49 Responses to “Did iOS 5.0.1 fix your battery (and other) issues?”

  1. Joe Mondello

    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. Jaden Vega

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. iphone4s user

    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

  8. 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.

  9. Cristi Rotundu

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. KC Porter

    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.

  14. Peter Wood

    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. Joseph Ameen

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. igortavella

    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.

  20. BrianCurlee

    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….