Apple confirms iOS 5 bugs

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Apple acknowledges iOS 5 battery problems

Apple has admitted that its new operating system iOS 5 is responsible for poor battery life on flagship devices such as the iPhone 4S.

Thousands of users have been turning to social media sites and discussion forums to voice their frustrations about the problem, which apparently affects all devices running iOS 5. Some have reported that battery life on the iPhone 4S was dropping by as much as 15 per cent per hour, even when not being used.

Empty promises

When the iPhone 4S was launched, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that the device would boast superior battery life to previous iPhones. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery is supposed to offer eight hours of 3G talk time and 200 hours of standby time.

Until now, however, Apple has refused to acknowledge the existence of any problem. All that changed when the company issued a brief statement to the US digital news provider All Things D. It said: "A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. 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."

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword, commented: "Apple's decision to confront the iOS 5 battery life rumours head-on is to be commended, but it really should have happened a long time ago. The company urgently needs to rebuild trust, so all eyes will be on the promised update to see if they can get the problem fixed first time."