iPhone 4S Battery Life: Fix Coming 'In Weeks'

Apple confirmed yesterday that the complaints from thousands of customers were true – there are some software bugs causing the iPhone 4S and any device running on iOS 5 to lose battery life quickly. They are trying to fix it, though.

Before Wednesday, Apple had been all but silent on the issue, leaving various consumers to guess at the best possible solutions to this problem.

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” the tech giant told AllThingsD.

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Technically, Apple is right, as the thousands of users voicing their concerns about their iOS 5 devices are only a small percentage of the millions of iPhone 4S handsets sold and the additional millions who upgraded their Apple products to iOS 5.

However, the loud voices of the thousands on Apple’s support forums and across the Internet cannot be ignored. Apple pacified them yesterday by promising to fix the problem.

“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,” Apple stated.

Apple, since then, has not commented on what exactly the software is, or what iOS 5 users should do to stave off the slowly draining battery until then.

Another issue is if and how distinctive software will be distributed to those on different networks. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint customers have all reported slightly different problems, and even then, what apps they use seems to affect battery performance too.

Several iPhone 4S owners have found several answers, and have so far been successful.

One easy fix has been to adjust the Time Zone settings; the constant resetting of the Time Zone by iOS 5 could be demanding on battery life.

A second possible key to restoring power to devices could lie in the Notification Center.

TimothyW, an iPhone 4S customer, wrote on Apple’s support forum: “So, it appears that Notification Center has an endless loop in collecting the calendar events from Exchange and this is burning up our 4S batteries. Once you stop the madness from Notification Center, your iPhone 4S will perform as advertised.”

Other users have solved the battery issue this way as well.

Apple has said frustrated consumers should install a specific monitoring software, so they can find the problem.

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