iPhone battery struggles continue even after Apple's patch, for some - it's even worse

iPhone battery struggles continue even after Apple's patch, for some - it's even worse
The first iOS 5 update bumping the version to 5.0.1. has been rolled out by Apple, supposedly patching an unnamed problem affecting battery life on iPhones running the latest iteration of the company’s platform. Yet, that’s only on paper - Apple Support forums are buzzing with users complaining of the battery-gate issue persisting and for some it’s gotten even worse. Sadly, even some previously unaffected users are now getting hit with quickly dying battery after the update.

Here’s what someone going by geezerdave had to say:

"5.0.1 is a bust! I was one of the lucky ones getting two days out of a charge, albeit with a lot shut off.  After updating I am seeing my power drain at a much quicker rate. Nice."

Another user known as coloradoappleuser added:

"Same here. Updated about 1.5 hours ago, battery has drained 20% since then with no usage! This is awful!"

The battery-gate thread on Apple’s Support forums is nearing 300 pages worth of posts, which just confirm our initiall poll where the majority of you confirmed that the battery problem is real. Other users have also found that after updating they can’t download applications OTA.

Have you upgraded yet and are you going to now that you know that battery life might get even worse afterwards? And for those of you who have already update - what’s your experience? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below as we stay tuned for more clarifications from Apple. It seems that we’ll need them.

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Well all I can say is my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 has excellent battery life. With light usage I get two days and with light to normal usage I get 1 and half days. With heavy usage I get a day's worth of battery. I guess apple needs another patch?

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Regardless of whether v. 5.0.1 fixes the battery life problem, you want to get the update/patch. 5.0.1 also fixes a security vulnerability in iOS. Don't wait. Update.

28. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

wow...whole two days with light usage. that\'s a result!

2. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I kinda think that apple is being too relaxed right now.. I mean, Steve Jobs wouldn't allow all this flaws to be made in iOS...

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this flaw was made under steve jobs, tatperson.. he is not Omnipotent. There are some bugs that you dont see in small scale testing that you only find when you go large scale. First adopter syndrome. Under steve jobs, he would have denied it and said the users were charging it wrong.

13. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

hahahaha Good reply for that poor iPerson :-D

87. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Im so sorry to dissapoint you, but I don't own any iProducts :( just a Motorola Atrix and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I don't hate any OS, I don't favour any. I think that all OS are equal, and its personal opinions on which OS you would like more.

74. SleepingOz unregistered


11. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Like if there were no issues with calendar or antenna during Jobs' reign...

3. Phoneguy007

Posts: 218; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

I have no issues

4. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I think the ones are saying that are just plain trolls, i have had an iphone 4s for 2 weeks for now and yes just after using it i found that indeed battery lasted about a 20 30 % less but since yesterday i just have the same battery time as my old iPhone 4, i might say people still having battery users may be really noobs on tech on wich the have all localization features ON even if you dont use them, or not closing bazillion apps on the multitask tray, people who leaves blutooth on forever, etc etc . At last i will say for me the update 5.0.1 gave me the same battery im used on the 4 so problem solved.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So you're saying it's entirely impossible that Apple could have actually f**ked up?

24. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Or, it could be the case that some people were lucky and not experiencing significant battery problems to begin with, but began to experience the battery problems once the update rolled around because the update made some configuration tweaks. For those people that were experiencing battery issues previously, such as yourself, the configuration tweaks in the update would have helped you. A possible and even likely scenario, no need to assume everybody else is a troll or a noob.

50. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@penny. But he has valid reasons to think that way. Hang out in here a little while longer, and youll get to know how evil android fanboys really are :)

83. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Seriously, are you that stupid....??

49. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Totally agree with iosmaster. Ive seen on a daily basis on here how android fanboys operate. Evil.

93. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

I cant believe this guy, with all your constant spouting of either sensible or non sensible crap is getting out of hand. Makes me wonder how old are you really. . . Come on man stop acting like the world is about to end because of all the Android Fanboys in this forum. . .

5. Venuramax

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

there is no problem with the battery.

19. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

there is no spoon..

6. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

The problem is with the user of the iphone....

7. iosmaster

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

On my phone siri stayed on the localization even no need it, now just on if i asked for it, that for me it bug solved

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

this is definitely normal since the iOS 5 has new features that will surely eat more juice. the more features you have on a phone, the more juice it will squeeze out of your battery.

10. J-LoTheGreat

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well the easiest way to solve the battery issue on the iPhone is to either deal with it, stop running so much stuff, or move yourself back to a clamshell flip phone. Problem solved!

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, move away from iOS to Android. The RAZR that I just got yesterday seems to be running around the 10 hour point for battery life. I was doing some pretty intensive setup and configuration work yesterday (testing Bluetooth data transfer as well as WiFi). At the end of 5 hours, there was 50% battery life remaining.

31. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

android is not power efficient system either. If user don\'t know how tu use phone, noone system will be good. Mayne too heavy multitasking, which is wannabe for everyone? Or IOS5 + I4S is really crappy.

51. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

@Jlo. I agree with you. But the fact that no one is giving up their iphones makes this claim questionable.

106. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Right, how many ppl do you think will give up their iPhone? How many returned them for the Antenna issue with the iPhone 4? Exactly.

12. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

[iPhone 4 user here] why do we like defending iPhone all the time when there is problem with it? Apple doesnt pay you to defend them, the reason why they are relaxing it's bcos they kno that some people will defend them and blame it on the user. iFans...... Sometimes we need to complain so someone can do something. ["This changes everything, again", i guess the change was in the Battery, lol] I still love my iPhone though.

52. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I really doubt if youre an iphone user. More like an android user.

61. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@SlimSoulja86. Congratulations, you have just been placed into the Android box! It doesn\'t matter to the \"TRUE\" iOS fans how many Apple devices you may own now or have owned in the past, the fact is if you have ANY kind of critisim against Apple -even if it\'s constructive critisim- you are considered an Android fanboy! So welcome to the group.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.