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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. “”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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Thomas Schmidt

    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 …

  9. 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.

  10. 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.