Update meant to extend iPhone 4S battery life sparks further complaints


SAN FRANCISCO–Apple’s software update failed to correct the widespread battery problems with the iPhone 4S, users complained Friday on internet help forums.

Apple issued the software update iOS 5.0.1 to its latest mobile operating system Thursday in a move designed to correct a problem that rapidly drained the battery of the company’s top-selling new phone. “Battery life was pretty bad on the 5.0 – worse … MUCH worse now on 5.0.1,” said one user. Another said he would return his phone unless the flaw was fixed: “Would be the first Apple product I ever returned.”

“Things got worse after updating to iOS 5.0.1.,” went another comment. “Apple has screwed up big time, this time around.”

Complaints about the limited battery life began popping up immediately after the release last month of the iPhone 4S, which Apple acknowledged in a statement last week. “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple wrote. “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.”

The software update was the first issued by Apple that was pushed to users over the cellular networks rather than requiring them to sync up their devices with their laptops.