Apple has moved quickly to issue a fix for the battery life problems affecting the iPhone 4S, as it bids to head off a repeat of the iPhone 4 antennagate PR meltdown.
Available to download over the air now now as part of the iOS 5.1 operating system update, the patch comes after hundreds of iPhone 4S buyers took to Apple support forums to complain of poor battery longevity a matter of weeks after the phone arrived in a blaze of none-more-Apple hyperbole.
The problem, which Apple has pinned on a time-zone glitch, reportedly caused some 4S users to lose up to ten per of their juice every hour when the handset was in standby mode.
At the time of writing, it’s not yet clear how comprehensively iOS 5.1 has addressed the issue.
While positive Twitter testimonies from the likes of tech journo Chris Ziegler of Z Power augur well at this early stage, the response is less welcoming on Apple support forums where some iFans who've updated are complaining that battery is now draining faster than before.
The OS bump also brings a raft of new multi-touch gesture controls to the first iPad and purportedly tackles a security vulnerability in the iPad 2.
Meanwhile, Australian iPhone 4S owners can look forward to a fix for the Siri voice control app that meant that it struggled to understand our larrikin cousins’ accents.
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