re: iOS 5.0.1: The Battery Fix That Wasn't
Eric, to postulate much of anything from the "data" you report here is not only not scientific, it's foolhardy in this tiny corner of a universe made up of cranks and complainers. Of course, you're mainly going to hear from people for whom things don't work. That's how it is in the consumer world in general. I note that no one bitching about bad battery life or worse battery life (allegedly) after the update reports anything of substance by way of working conditions or the configuration of their device. I have a brand new 4s, which, of course, had iOS5 installed from the first second. I had no battery life problems (and I had my former 2 year veteran 3Gs, running iOS 4.3.5 to compare it to). Moreover, I had better battery performance than the 3Gs ever gave me (and it was barely acceptable) on any version of what came to be called iOS. With the update, things are unchanged, that is, no unacceptable or untoward battery life issues. I think people who expect any of these devices (including rival OS operating hardware; I also have an Android phone, a Motorola, from a European carrierGÇöit's far worse in this regard) to just run for even 24 hours straight without draining, unless being used exclusively as a phone, are out of their minds. I can report that certain iOS applications, installed since the acquisition of the 4S, are clearly battery life executioners. It's these apps that have the bugs and the defects I'm sure. The solution is simple. Turn them off, unless running them. Turn off the hardware at night, while you're asleep and the phone should be (for most of usGÇöif your life depends on a phone being on even while you're asleep, I pity you, or the way you've chosen to make a living), and let the battery charge while the hardware gets a "rest." I see these complaints as whining and unsubstantiated bullshit. Only double-blind scientific tests can determine the true picture of the energy management strategies incorporated into iOS5.