Yesterday, Apple released the anticipated iOS 5 patch to solve some of the issues noticed by users worldwide. According to Apple's official statement, the update is meant to bring improvements and "other bug fixes" such as for glitches affecting battery life and causing sync problems with documents in iCloud.
Moreover, the iOS 5 update adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad. One more improvement will be related to Siri's performance while taking dictations from Australian users. With the update, Siri's voice recognition should also get better. iOS 5.0.1 is available for iPhone 4S, 4, and 3GS, iPad and iPad 2 and iPod touch (third and fourth generation).
The most pressing problem that many users wanted to be fixed as soon as possible, was the poor battery life. It took Apple a couple of weeks to acknowledge this problem while thousands of users complained all over the world, iPhone 4S users initially thought it was a hardware issue with the new smartphone.
On November 2nd, an Apple official explained there were some bugs in the operating system and announced an upgrade would be released in the next few weeks to address this issue. They stuck to their word and iOS 5.0.1 is here, sooner than expected.
The first accounts from users are mostly positive (opens in new tab), with some claiming they now only need to change the battery every other day, rather than daily. “Frankly the difference is nothing short of amazing,” Wired reader, Donald Kuntzman enthused.
However, there are also a few reports of dissatisfied users (opens in new tab), suggesting the upgrade has not had the desired effect, and maybe even made the battery life worse. "We know now this is definitely a hardware issue. This phone is just not practical for everyday use," one (of many) Apple forum commenter (opens in new tab) despaired.