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Apple Promises to Fix Battery-Draining Bugs in iOS 5

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With all the blissful, carefree use of Siri, iCloud, and all the other new features within iOS 5, some users found that such free-spirited mirth could lead to excessive battery drain. Apparently, iPhone owners have found that the battery life of their devices have been less than optimal since the introduction of iOS 5. The good news: Apple is on the case.

In a statement to AllThingsD, the company said, "A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices." Adding, "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."

Although Apple didn't go into detail as to what, specifically, is causing the drain, analysts are pointing to iCloud sync and notifications as the potential culprits. A developer beta for iOS 5.0.1 has just been posted, and battery life was mentioned in the changelog. The full list:

iOS 5.0.1 beta 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
  • Contains security improvements
So, perhaps by the time the turkey's carved, you'll be able to enjoy a longer-lasting iPhone -- and exchange Siri requests with your Aussie pals, apparently.

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