It seems that the battery drain problems impacting the iPhone 4S were expected to be corrected in iOS 5.0.2, but it is starting to look like the 5.0.2 version is not going to see the light of day. Last week, I had reported on the rumored delay of iOS 5.0.2 and that now appears to be the case. Apple is already releasing to developers iOS version 5.1 which is reportedly going to fix the battery drain issues which has turned into BatteryGatefor Apple.
It makes one wonder why Apple has abandon iOS 5.0.2 as we have not heard anything in the past week, but have been hearing a lot about iOS 5.1. With recent reports that it may not completely fix the battery drain issue, it makes one wonder where Apple is on resolving this ongoing problem. This may be another of those incremental fixes that they will be doing where iOS 5.0.1 appeared to fix some of the iPhones which were having battery life problems. Unfortunately, the “fix” created the battery drain problem in iPhones which previously were not experiencing any problems with battery life.
The problems persist and it seems that they are increasing as more people wonder what has happened to the battery life on the iPhone. Does Apple want to see this BatteryGate issue grow into a major problem for them? Obviously not, but the silence on what they are doing about it is troubling as the number of people complaining about the problem appears to be growing and includes more than just the iPhone 4S.
Since iOS 5.1 is now out in Beta to developers, it would appear that it will be released before the end of the year unless they find some problems with what it contains. There are expected enhancements in this version, but for many, the one thing that they are looking for is battery life. Anything less than that will mean a failure to those iPhone owners. The popularity of the iPhone does as much value for those owners who cannot go a full day without having to charge up their iPhone because of excessive battery drain. Without adequate battery life, they are forced to continually charge the phone during the day.
This problem is impacting far more than just the iPhone 4S and there are growing reports from people commenting on posts where iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS owners are reporting problems from the iOS 5.0.1 fix for the battery drain problems. It seems that Apple has increased the number of impacted devices and there are probably far more people experiencing problems than those who are reporting the problem.
At the moment, it is not known as to when Apple is going to have a fix for all the iPhone owners who are impact by the Battery Drain issues they are experiencing. One can hope that additional changes are added to iOS 5.1 to improve battery life for all those iPhone owners who have been reporting problems. For the moment, it does look like iOS 5.0.2 has been abandoned.