Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has owned up to the battery life issues that have been plaguing early adopters of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S, blaming the issue on bugs associated with the operating system. A software fix is promised soon.
After an initial silence–probably while it figured out exactly what was going on–Apple told AllThingsD that “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.” Complaints have been mounting about lower-than-expected battery life almost from the day the first iPhone 4S units went on sale and owners of older iPhones installed iOS 5 on their devices.
Such is life as an early adopter. The issue doesn’t appear to have risen to the heights (or lows) seen during last year’s “Antennagate” debacle, in which Apple was forced to hold a press conference to discuss complaints about phone reception and the new design of the iPhone 4.
It’s obviously never a good thing to have to fix problems after launch, but this has been a relatively common thing over the past few years. In addition to Antennagate in 2010, Apple issued a software update following the launch of the iPhone 3G in 2008 to correct widespread issues with dropped calls.