Apple Readies iOS 5.0.1 for Public Release

Pretty much since the day of the launch of the iPhone 4S this past October 14th, users reported that they were having problems with the battery life of the device. Rather than posing as an improvement to last year’s iteration of the iPhone, the 4S could barely make it through a regular work day without requiring a charge. Apple recently confirmed the rumors to be true, and shortly after released a beta iOS to developers which claimed to fix the problems.

I can back the claims that other users were making, as I received my 4S along with the rest of the general public on the 14th and have since been experiencing serious battery problems. I can barely last through a few games, some music and browsing without passing the 20% mark. Thankfully, Apple has confirmed that they’re working on a patch to fix the problems, so it’s obviously not a hardware problem with the handset.

It’s not news that the bug-squashing patch was in the works, but is news that it’s coming soon. Posted originally by 9to5Mac, Apple has informed Apple employees how they should react to any customers who complain about the battery issues. Basically, Apple Store employees have been informed that they should let customers know of the patch coming in a few weeks and not replace any 4S handsets solely because of battery complains. Look at the memo below:

The iOS 5.0.1 patch was released to a select group of customers today on top of the patch that was released last Friday. Keep a look out for the patch which should arrive soon – I simply can’t wait to see how much better my battery life will be after I’ve downloaded 5.0.1.