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Further iPhone 4S battery life problems on iOS 5

As consumers begin to receive their brand new iPhone 4S smartphone from Apple, we’re still hearing about continued reports about battery life problems since the handset first launched on October 14, with signs suggesting that it could be a specific bug in iOS 5.

We initially told you about battery life problems two days after launch here, but since then – complaints are still pouring in over at the official Apple support boards about the fact that battery life cannot last longer than a day even when the phone is not in heavy use.

Here is an example of some of the complaints coming in at the official Apple support forums, there is over 600 replies on the initial thread just so you’re aware:

”Hi I have an iPhone 4 and since putting iOS 5 on it the battery life has been really bad it drops at a ridiculous rate even when I’m not using it where as it would barely drop any charge when it was in standby.”

”Have turned just about everything off (Siri, all location, all notification except txts etc.), have done the full discharge/recharge, closed all apps, turned off ping, turned off the time zone thing and basically have done everything I have read about on the forums. I go to bed with it at 100% and 6 hours later I wake up and it’s at 47%. I wish the battery life was as good as my 3GS!!”

If you have a good read through the entire 40+ pages, you’ll see that one possible solution for extending battery life on the iPhone 4S is to condition the battery – i.e let the battery drain until it switches off, and then fully charge your handset via the wall rather than USB.

Considering that iPhone 4 owners are also reporting a considerable drop in battery life after updating to iOS 5, it does suggest that the problem at hand is more related to software, rather than Apple’s new hardware built into the iPhone 4S. If this is true, then it can only be good news as a software update will almost certainly improve the situation.

If you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S running iOS 5, let us know what typical battery life you are getting on your handset. Are you experiencing lower life as well?

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