It seems that Apple's latest iOS 5.0.1 update released yesterday isn't fixing the iPhone battery drain problem for everyone. In fact, most users are claiming that the update is a dud, and some are saying that it makes the problem worse.
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Apple's support forum is still abuzz with complaints. Here's a selection.
'usage is on mine is 1%-3% a min after update, going get my money back. usless this is ....'
'Installed the new IOS 5.0.1 two hours ago. I started a test at 1:30 CT today. 5% battery drain in 45 minutes with WIFI and location services turned on and me not touching the Iphone 4S. The new update doesn't seem to help much.'
'5.0.1 is a bust! I was one of the lucky ones getting two days out of a charge, albeit with a lot shut off. After updating I am seeing my power drain at a much quicker rate. Nice.'
'Same here. Updated about 1.5 hours ago, battery has drained 20% since then with no usage! This is awful!'
'Upgraded to 5.0.1 this morning. Still draining at the exact same rate. Unplugged with a full charge 2 1/2 hours ago, and already down to 80% with light usage. Just lost 2% during a 15 minute shower. I see no difference at all.'
'New update is no help at all. I opened the safari and lost 2 % just by opening the safari browser...This really *****'
'IOS 5.0.1 has fixed nothing for me.'
'Upgrade from ios5.0 to ios 5.0.1 did nothing, in fact it made it worse.'
It's hard to find users who are happy with the new update. There are a few.
'I'm at 9 hours and 22 minutes, and showing 65% left. So far, it's doing much better.'
I've also heard from several developers who claimed to be getting better battery life from the iOS 5.0.1 beta that Apple made available to them earlier this week, and they claim that the release version works the same too. I've also heard mixed responses from readers about the update.
At this point it's hard to pin down here whether this is a configuration issue, a app issue, or an issue specific to certain handsets.
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