iOS 5.1 Beta Still Fails to Resolve Battery Life Issues

Posted in Apple News, iOS on 30/11/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


Early responses from developers testing Apple’s new iOS 5.1 beta (released to developers on Monday) suggest that the update still hasn’t managed to resolve the battery life issues seen by many iOS 5 users, reports CNet.

AppAdvice and Redmond Pie have both been hearing from users that battery life hasn’t improved since installing the new beta, with many becoming increasingly discouraged, and settling into the idea that they may just have to get used to the issues.

In my own experience with the 5.1 beta, I haven’t seen any significant improvements either – in fact my battery drain seems to have gotten worse if anything.

Fortunately, the update does appear to be helping for some users, as some commenter in the MacRumors forums claim to have noticed a significant improvement, suggesting that Apple is indeed making progress on the issue.

Considering that this is the first beta version of iOS 5.1, the fact that it seems to be helping any users at all should be considered good news, and Apple will continue to work on improving the update before its public release.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.