Apple plans software fix for battery problems on the iPhone 4S

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

November 3, 2011 | 2 min read

Apple has confirmed that devices running the new iOS 5 operating system are experiencing shorter battery life than expected. A software upgrade to fix the problem will be delivered "in a few weeks," said the company.

The new iPhone is a big hit, but . . . .

In a statement to All Things D, Apple said, "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."

Apple released iOS 5 on Oct. 12, two days before the newest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, was launched. Since then, users have complained on Twitter that the iPhone 4S runs out of power far sooner than expected . Even with minimal use, the phone can't make it through a workday without needing to be recharged, according to some complainers.

Apple says iPhone 4S owners should get up to eight hours of talk time, up to six hours surfing the Web when connected to 3G networks, and up to 200 hours of standby time. Some users say they are getting nowhere close to that.

Battery problems aside, the iPhone 4S has been a big hit. Apple sold 4 million in the first weekend the new phone was on sale - a record not only for Apple, but for any phone.

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