(PALO ALTO, CA) -- It’s really frustrating if your iPhone battery dies unexpectedly, but that’s what was happening to some owners of the new iPhone 4S, who found that something had been draining their phones’ power inexplicably quickly.
Apple has started sending out a fix, iOS 5.0.1 — and it seems to be working for many, though not all, people.
Trudy Muller of Apple said, “The recent iOS software update addressed many of the battery issues that some customers experienced on their iOS 5 devices. We continue to investigate a few remaining issues.”
Some people are going to the discussion boards at Apple Support Communities, complaining that their batteries are draining even more quickly than they were before.
But there were also others who seemed quite satisfied and one comment on Wired called the fix “nothing short of amazing.”
New products often have bugs — just remember the “Antennagate” problem reported with the iPhone 4 in 2010 — so Apple said its software update was meant to address several problems: fixing bugs affecting battery life, adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad, resolving bugs with Documents in the Cloud, and improving voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.
That last item was a source of some mirth in various parts of the world. As Lauren Effron of ABC News reported last week, Siri, the “virtual assistant” built into the iPhone 4S to take voice commands, had trouble with various accents.
When a Bostonian asked, “Can I pahk my caaar in Havahd Yahd?” Siri interpreted that as “haven’t yet.” And when a Scotsman asked “Can you dance with me?” the app interpreted that as “Can you dutch women?”
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