Apple has heard the complaints of iPhone 4S users, and is preparing a solution to the battery life woes that had befuddled engineers.
Yesterday, Apple sent out a beta of the next iOS 5 update to developers. This new version of iOS 5 is not a major update like the release from last month, which required you to plug in to your computer and wrestle with Apple to update.
Unlike every other iPhone or iPad update you have done, iOS 5.0.1 should be available to download right to your advice over WiFi. This is one of the benefits of iOS 5, and may lead to more frequent, smaller and focused updates like this.
The iOS 5.0.1 update will reportedly address 3 major iOS 5 issues.
- iPhone 4S battery life problems
- iPad security issues relating to the Smart Cover
- iPad Multitouch gestures (which were left off of the original iPad)
The update is in the hands of developers right now, where it will be tested to see how it handles on a larger scale. These updates don’t normally need to be tested for as long as the iOS 5 update that was tested for several months.
In the past, Apple has been known to turn around smaller updates like this in as little as a week, though that was to patch a jailbreak attempt. With the iPhone 4S jailbreak finally accomplished in private, let’s hope this fix doesn’t contain a jailbreak fix as well.
When the update is ready, you will likely get a notification on your iPhone or iPad, telling you that you can download the new version.
We’ll let you know more as soon as we have the details. Until then, turning off the Time Zone Setting appears to fix the iPhone 4S battery life for many users.