Hold your horses before you update that phone. If you’re considering downloading Apple’s latest and greatest mobile software (specifically, iOS 5), you may want to rethink that for a second. Apple has admitted that some bugs are causing battery issues with certain iPhone models.
Some customers are finding that their iPhones are having less-than-expected battery life after the update. Apple confirmed the issues, telling AllThingsD, “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. 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.”
There has no been clear indicator as to what’s causing the battery issue. It seems like the reasons vary depending on network, usage and settings.
Some iPhone users are finding that turning off a time zone feature and limiting notifications is making a difference. Here’s a general tip: if you’re suffering from poor battery life, lowering your display brightness can help—but this particular issue runs deeper than a simple settings tweak, so we’ll have to wait for Apple to patch its software in order for things to get truly resolved. Apple has not made any official suggestions for affected users, and had little to say beyond acknowledging the issue.