10 NOV

Apple Releases iOS 5.0.1 to Address Battery Issues

by Marianne Schultz
 

Apple released iOS 5.0.1 today to address the battery life issues that Apple acknowledged last week under iOS 5.0 as well as other bug fixes and improvements. The update is available for download now through iTunes or over-the-air directly on a compatible device.

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Details about the security content of iOS 5.0.1 are available in this support document on Apple’s site. It’s noted there that this update also fixes an iPad 2 security issue revealed by 9 to 5 Mac last month where a Smart Cover (or other similar accessory) allowed limited access to a passcode-locked device.

iOS 5.0.1 is compatible with the iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the iPad  and iPad 2, and the 3rd and 4th-generation iPod touches.

The update weighs in at just over 55 MB for the iPhone 4S (the download size for other devices may vary) and while this isn’t nearly as large as the iOS updates before OTA updates became available, it can still take a chunk out of your allotment if you’re on a metered data plan. So, you may want to wait until you’re on a Wi-Fi network.

After downloading the update, your iOS device will reboot on its own and apply the update, which put my iPhone 4S out of commission for about ten minutes. All in all, the OTA update feature is far more pleasant than the tethered updates of yore.

13 Comments

  1. D

    More than 790 MB for my iPhone 4. Wow.

  2. S

    there are many hidden functions, like SIRI or Panorama camera.

  3. mdokjfz

    THIS SUCKS!!!!

  4. Alireza A.

    Just 44.6MB download on my iPhone 4, running iOS 5.0 and a couple of minutes to install and not a single hiccup!

  5. C

    @ S – what funstion are in siri and panorama camera please?

  6. Deepak

    Battery issue is frustrating. In two hrs the battery has drained by almost 40%. that too when other than auto network selection all other services are off. C’mon all the geniuses at Apple. Provide a fix that will really address the issue and not an eyewash like 5.0.1,

  7. Oscar.

    Craptastic 5.0.1 update, my iPhone 4 is draining faster with the update.

    The NEW Apple without Jobs is a shame.

  8. David Waldman

    Oscar is exactly right. Battery drains faster AFTER the supposed “fix.” I roll my eyes.

  9. gtbka

    A question beside this post, can AppShopper teach me how to read the activity chart that is on the every app page? what does different horizontal line tell? some app have few line, some didn’t. The higher the chart the better right?

    thx
    GT

  10. Joe

    My iPhone 4S with the update is worse. Might as well get an Android phone.

  11. s

    @C, IOS5 has many hidden functions, like SIRI, panorama camera and T9 typing. SIRI is ON for iPhone4s, but OFF for other iDevices. You can enable them with jalebreak for example. I think Apple kept them hidden for beta testing or for next releases, who knows these what is in mind of Apploiders.

  12. Dee

    Got the update and the battery is draining much faster than before!!! In little over two hours the battery was at 60%…what’s going on? Wish I could go back to the older version….Apple what are you planning to do about this issue?

  13. Dennis

    Jst updated my ipad1st gen and the battery is d raining faster now. :(

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