Apple admits iOS 5 battery life issues with iPhone 4S

Apple has finally acknowledged battery life issues with iOS 5 devices in an official statement, weeks after users started complaining of the problem in the wake of the new iPhone 4S launch. For the first time, the Cupertino company has admitted the problem lies with a software bug.

"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."

It was reported on in several places that battery life under 1OS 5 was poor, and seemed to drain incredibly quickly in certain situtations. Other reports highlighted a strange echo experiences by some users during voice calls on the new iOS 5 device.

On official Apple forums, users have claimed that battery life drops by one per cent every few minutes under light usage, and even when locked. Having background applications running further increases this problem.

Most of the complaints come from users of the new iPhone 4S - but the problem lies in the iOS 5 operating system software, it is also likely to affect users of the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 who have upgraded to the new Apple OS.

This isn't the first iPhone to suffer from launch release issues. Last year's iPhone 4 spawned the infamous 'antennagate' scandal, which saw users losing connections half-way through a voice call, due to the device's wraparound antenna being affected by the way the device was gripped.

Steve Jobs famously told people that there was no issue, and that they were simply holding the smartphone the wrong way. This problem took quite a while for it to be officially fixed too, with other issues surfacing, such as cracks in the phone's backplate, during this time.