Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta with battery fix

Apple has released iOS5 5.0.1 beta, an update to developers of its smartphone operating system. The update purports to fix the battery life issue that has been plaguing users since the release of the new OS was launched along with the company's new iPhone 4S.

In a change of tactic for the fruity firm, Apple was reasonably quick to acknowledge that there was an issue with the OS, saying that they were aware some users had experienced battery life problems.

As it stands, the update is still only in the hands of developers and has not been rolled out to the general public, though a note accompanying the release explains what users can expect:

iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including: – Fixes bugs affecting battery life – Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad – Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud – Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation – Contains security improvements

There's no word yet on exactly what caused the battery life issue, or how Apple has fixed it. As it stands, simply keeping the phone in locked mode with nothing running in the background can see the battery dip by one per cent every few minutes. The strange thing is that it doesn't appear to affect every iPhone 4S, or every iPad 2/iPhone 4 user that has upgraded to iOS 5.

The battery life issue isn't the only one being fixed. Another bug, which enabled passcode protection to be bypassed on iPad 2 devices that used a Smart Cover, has now been remedied.