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iOS 5.0.1 Available For Download: Apple Releases Fix For iPhone, iPad Battery Problems

The Huffington Post   Jason O. Gilbert   First Posted: 11/10/11 01:59 PM ET   Updated: 11/10/11 01:59 PM ET

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1, the software update meant to fix several issues with the new mobile operating system, including a battery drain problem affecting some iPhone and iPad users. Apple has been dealing with a flood of complaints about the poor battery life on its devices following the release of iOS 5, and downloading this update should improve the iPhone battery situation.

Chief among the listed updates that come with the newest Apple operating system is one that "fixes bugs affecting battery life." The poor battery life on the iPhone 4S (and other Apple devices running iOS 5) caused a minor tempest on tech sites and on the Apple forums; on November 2, Apple confirmed that the battery drain was being caused by a problem with iOS 5 and not with the hardware itself and that it was working on a fix.

Other updates coming with iOS 5.0.1 include multi-tasking gestures for the first-generation iPad, a fix for a bug that was affecting documents in iCloud and better Siri voice recognition for Australians.

You can download the new iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch by connecting your device to your computer and opening up iTunes. And if you want to save even more battery life on your iPhone, check out our slideshow of tips and tricks below:

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Could the battery drain on the iPhone 4S be caused by a bug in Apple's iOS 5 operating system? It sure is a popular theory, though Apple hasn't responded yet.

Basically, this supposed bug is causing the iPhone to repeatedly use your phone's location services in order to find out whether or not you've switched time zones, even if you're just sitting on the couch (which, let's face it, you're usually doing). When I checked my Time Zone settings, my iPhone was indeed currently using my location to ensure that I had not switched time zones in the past 24 hours. Not good, and certainly a potential battery killer, depending on how often this is happening.

To fix this:
1. Touch the "Settings" icon on your home screen (the one with all the gears).
2. Touch the "Location Services" bar.
3. Scroll down to the "System Services" bar at the bottom and click onto that screen.
4. Switch "Setting Time Zone" into the "Off" position. Unless you're doing some cross-country traveling, it's not necessary to be on all the time, especially if a bug is causing it to access your GPS several times throughout the day.

While you're there, you can go ahead and turn off "Location-Based iAds," unless you like those specific, hyper-local advertisements that pop up when using your favorite free apps. You can also certainly do without "Diagnostics & Usage," and unless you drive often AND use the traffic function on your Maps app, you can turn off "Traffic" as well.
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