Apple iPhone 4S battery issues attributed to iOS 5 location bug

iOS 5 Time Zone settings blamed for fast depleting iPhone 4S battery

Following a hugely successful launch that saw 4 million handsets sold within the opening three days, the Apple iPhone 4S has been hit with battery issues blamed on the handset's iOS 5 Time Zone settings

The fast depleting battery issues currently affecting Apple’s iPhone 4S device could be down to a bug in the iOS 5 mobile operating system, new reports have suggested.

With thousands of iPhone 4S users complaining of unusually fast drain to their handset’s batteries, an apparent bug in the location based “Setting Time Zone” functionality of the device’s operating system is reportedly causing the system to repeatedly access servers, severely draining the battery’s life.

Speaking with the Guardian iDownloadBlog’s Oliver Haslam said: "It appears that iOS 5′s GM release introduced a bug that causes the Setting Time Zone function to keep the location tracking circuitry running constantly, draining battery power considerably.”

He added: “Switching it off may mean that your iPhone will no longer set its own time zone when you travel, but that's a small price to pay for having your iPhone last more than 12 hours on a full charge.”

Apple iPhone 4S Specs

Officially launched earlier this year to the usual fanfare that surrounds the arrival of new portable Apple devices the Apple iPhone 4S boasts the same ARM A5 dual-core processor found within the iPad 2 and the same minimalist form factor from the handset’s predecessor, the Apple iPhone 4.

A fully optimised 8-megapixel camera with 1080p full HD video recording capabilities is the only other notable addition to the handset’s hardware with the new voice commanded personal assistant tool SIRI also making an appearance.

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Via: TheGuardian