Apple confirmed the bug last week. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement. “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.”
A select few iOS 5 users have received the latest iOS 5 update, which fixes a battery-draining bug, according to 9to5 Mac.
Apple’s iOS 5.0.1 was released to those in the AppleSeed program, which provides test, pre-release software to real-world users.
Those who take Apple up on its offer will not be able to downgrade from iOS 5.0.1 to iOS 5, 9to5Mac said. But they can upgrade once the final software is released. There are also updates to Siri for those in Australia, iPad multi-tasking improvements, and more.
9to5Mac also posted a memo that Apple Stores have reportedly received, which outlines how retail employees should deal with customers affected by the battery bug. “If you are helping one of these customers, follow standard procedure to rule out any hardware issue with the device,” the memo says. “If no hardware issues are found, let the customer know that Apple has found a few bugs in iOS 5 affecting battery life and Apple will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”
BGR later said Apple had released iOS 5.0.1 to developers with six updates. It fixed bugs affecting battery life, added multitasking gestures for the original iPad, resolved bugs with documents in the cloud, improved voice recognition for Australian users using dictation, contained security improvements, and introduced a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations. Now the battery problem is to be solved soon and you can better play all kinds of videos on iPhone 4S.