iFix or not? Apple says iPhone 4S battery problem solved

Apple says the iFix is in, but some customers frustrated with the battery life of its latest iPhone aren’t so sure.

Plagued by complaints over the battery life of its iPhone 4S, Apple has released a software update that it says will fix the problem and also deal with battery issues with some of its  latest iPads and iPods.

While the company says a small number of customers have reported problems, forums have been flooded with negative feedback from customers.

The low battery life has been linked to its latest operating system, iOS 5, which comes with the iPhone 4S and was also offered for free as an upgrade on iPads, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and recent models of the iPod Touch. Apple on Thursday released the iOS 5.0.1.

But as DigitalTrends notes, issues may remain:

Forums are once again filling with posts by frustrated owners of the phone, complaining that the ‘fix’ hadn’t actually fixed anything at all. One poster wrote: “After installing update phone was fully charged at midnight. This morning at 8AM just sitting on desk, not used at all, battery down to 59%.”

The software update can be downloaded at iTunes. In releasing the update, Apple left itself  a little wiggle room and is advising that it is still looking into the battery life problem – just in case customers experience continuing issues.

Christopher Seward

27 comments Add your comment

AtlantaNative62

November 12th, 2011
10:39 am

Was having issues after the iOS5 update. Upgraded to iOS5.0.1 and problem solved.

iPhone Junkie

November 12th, 2011
10:46 am

Them bitches lying… I use my iPhone 4s consistently 9 hours, before my battery reaches less than 20%

bravesandbeer

November 12th, 2011
11:32 am

hahahahaaha! “them bitches lying…”

i love the internet

MB

November 12th, 2011
11:33 am

Has Apple ever had a clean iPhone release? The answer is no.

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Apple employee

November 12th, 2011
12:07 pm

I work at an Apple store and we have seen only few battery problems with the i phone S. People love the camera and SIRI. We are still having lines each morning as customer continue line up for the best phone on the market.

great phone

November 12th, 2011
12:11 pm

I bought my phone a few weeks ago and love it. The SIRI works great and I am taking some great pictures of my family. No battery problems, I had to way in line for about 20 minutes as the line moved quickly.

steve

November 12th, 2011
12:27 pm

I have the 3GS and os 5.0.1

adam

November 12th, 2011
12:33 pm

well my mac sucks battery juice faster than my pickup truck drinks petrol and she only gets 15mpg

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Stupid poser pop culture drone

November 12th, 2011
2:00 pm

I don’t care. All I know is I have an iPhone like all my friends. I fit in.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

November 12th, 2011
2:03 pm

My Android device can got over 489 hours between charges. I loaded Speaktoit app for free that is every bit as good as Siri and was out before Siri.

HRPufnstuf

November 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

Battery problem? WHAT battery problem? Didn’t Apple deny that it existed? And now, they have a fix. Sounds like the non-antenna problem all over again. Except that wasn’t a problem either. Until they fixed it.

There’s no battery problem! You’re holding it wrong!

Trent

November 12th, 2011
2:59 pm

evo/android kills the iPhone. they just don’t have fancy ads. Sheep and their iPhones

Bob

November 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

Hum? Nope, my is working great. Love it!

Eric

November 12th, 2011
3:50 pm

Why do you all need an iPhone 4S anyway? What was wrong with versions 3, 2, or 1? I guess some people get bored easily.

Mike B

November 12th, 2011
4:19 pm

The biggest thing that helped me was shutting down all the apps that keep running in the background. From your home screen, press the Home button twice in quick succession. You’ll see a row of apps that are still running even thought you’re not using them. Press and hold one of them until you get a minus sign on all of them. Press the minus signs and the apps will close. It doesn’t delete the app, just closes them. I go 2 or 3 days between charges now.

Mark B

November 12th, 2011
5:25 pm

@Mike B…thanks for the tip! iOS 5.01 download helped a lot.

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Ken

November 13th, 2011
9:37 am

Glad I don’t own one of these and have to go through all this! I love my land line!

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afra

November 13th, 2011
4:16 pm

dont care !!!! all i know is i have iphone like my all friends :) ))))

wooooooooow … wooooooooooooooow :) )))))))))))) thats styupid thing i have ever heard

hope ppl become aware of what is iphone after steve jobs !

Jason

November 14th, 2011
9:16 am

Don’t know what the fuss is about 4S battery life. Do some research, turn OFF Location Services especially what you don’t need it! I updated ios 5.0.1 couple of days back, battery life is great. I have had the phone on all the time in last 48 hours, spent atleast 6 hours on data (internet) and the phone has sucked only 20% of the battery. Love the iPhone 4S. My friend who bought Samsung Galaxy S2 is jealous now coz her phone is plastic, complicated with no bones and way too many apps you can’t delete! Beauty of iPhone 4S is its sturdy built, looks & simplicity. No wonder I see most of the customers that line up at AT&T Northlake Mall area company store are there to buy iPhone 4S. They don’t want to hear about other phones or better deal. Despite some iPhone 4S owners having battery problems, vast majority of us (who don’t vent on forums) are happy with our purchase. Just like me, do some resaerch on Google and you will get 100’s of links on what steps to take on extending battery life.

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