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Apple admits battery problem with iOS 5 on iPhone

Apple iPhone 4S

Apple (opens in new tab) has admitted there is a battery problem with iOS 5 that has affected both the iPhone 4S and older models.

Users have reported iPhone batteries draining over night despite little or no use, and Apple has pin-pointed bugs in iOS 5 as the problem.

In a statement Apple admitted the issue and said that it might take a few weeks to fix.

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement to website AllThingsD.

“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.”

Users on Apple support forums have been complaining about the issue and reporting potential fixes – though we'd recommend you wait for the official Apple fix.

Look out for our review of the Apple iPhone 4S in our December issue, out November 16th.

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Joe Cox
Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).