Early iOS 5.0.1 Update Offered to Some iPhone Users

One of the major problems users had when updating to iOS 5 was a noticeably decreased battery life, with iPhone 4S owners also complaining of much worse than expected performance on this front.

Now, a few lucky users who complained of battery problems, according to a 9to5Mac report, are testing an unreleased version of the upgrade meant to fix this issue.

For more than two weeks, users complained on forums and technology websites. Not only iPhone 4S owners experienced difficulties with an unexplainably short battery life, but also users who upgraded from previous iOS versions on various devices.

Apple declined any comment on the matter until last week; after testing and analysing the issues, Apple announced that the source of the problem had been traced to some bugs in the software and the issue would be addressed shortly. Two iOS 5.0.1 betas have since been released to developers.

The update is expected to solve the problem with fast draining batteries, some bugs in iCloud documents, a smart cover security issue and Siri's inability to understand the Australian accent.

Now, Apple has invited a small number of customers who complained about battery issues to participate in the testing of the bug fix release through the AppleSeed program. The participants are warned that a future downgrade back to iOS 5 will not be possible.

Meanwhile stores have been instructed to refuse the replacement of iPhones with battery issues (that are not hardware based).