A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. “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 would not say anything more than that on the subject. However, they have taken action by releasing iOS 5.0.1 beta to their developers. Reports claim that it features battery life fixes, resolves some issues with iCloud, and brings back multitasking gestures to the original iPad – these were in the iOS 5 betas, but mysteriously disappeared in the final release. There’s no official word from Apple confirming that the original iPad will receive multi-tasking gestures in the final version of iOS 5.0.1, but it is likely since they brought them back to this beta. Check after the break for a full list of changes.
List of changes, via AppleInsider:
• Fixes bugs affecting battery life
• Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
• Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
• Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
• Contains security improvements
• iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.”
If you’re a developer, then go grab iOS 5.0.1 in the iOS Dev Center and begin testing. Otherwise, you have around a two week wait ahead.