Apple publicly acknowledges that iOS 5 may obliterate your battery and that they’re working on it

Some folks who’ve either upgraded their iPhone to the latest version of iOS or picked up the new iPhone 4S are feeling the pain of having a battery that dies before their work day is over. While this writer hasn’t had such issues, there are plenty of complaints surfacing on the internets that Apple thought it best to issues a statement to All Things D saying:

“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.”

If you’re a developer then you can already go ahead and grab a beta version of iOS 5.0.1 which not only eliminates the battery life issues, but also adds multitasking gestures to the first generation iPad, improves voice recognition for those with an Australian accent, and it even fixes that pesky Smart Cover security bug we reported last month. When Apple eventually makes 5.0.1 public, we can’t wait to see how smooth the update process goes since it’ll be the first use of the new patch system in iOS 5. Previously if Apple made a change to iOS and issued an update, you as a user would have to download a whole new version of iOS just to get access to those few changes. Now the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will get updates in patch form, much the same way that Windows machines get updates. Here’s hoping that Apple doesn’t start issuing them every Tuesday, the same way Microsoft does. Rimshot!

While we’re on the topic of iOS 5, is there anything in there that’s let you down? Not being able to move the Newsstand folder is a pain in the ass. The notification bar feels … inelegant. And some of the design decisions are just absolutely dreadful!

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