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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 beta to developers, confirms iOS 5 battery issues

Apple has released iOS 5.0.1 to its registered iOS developers. According to the release notes, the new beta—listed as build 9A402—“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,” and “contains security improvements.” Notably, the update also “introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations,” seemingly addressing an issue recently brought to light by Instapaper developer Marco Arment. An Apple spokesperson confirmed that some iOS 5 users were experiencing battery life issues early today, telling The Loop, “A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices[.] 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.” iOS 5.0.1 beta for the iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch is available now as a download from the iOS Dev Center.

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I wonder if this Instapaper issue explains why, when I got lost the other day and pulled out MotionX GPS, that all my downloaded maps were gone? Certainly ruined my day since I was not connected to the internet, and MotionX just showed my location as one dot on an endless, grey grid. I redownloaded my maps, but now I’m wondering if they will just evaporate again. Does seem like a serious issue, so it’s encouraging that Apple is trying to resolve it, although I kind of wish the had resolved it before pushing out 5.0

Posted by Rob E. on November 3, 2011 at 11:20 AM (CDT)

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