iOS 5.0.1 Seeded to End Users for Testing

Apple [AAPL] is beginning to send a beta version of iOS 5.0.1 to end users for testing. The group is quite small from what we understand and will give an opportunity for further testing of the battery life problems that a number of users are getting.

The users getting the update early are selected from those that have complained about battery life issues. When updating to iOS 5.0.1, users are warned that they cannot downgrade back to iOS 5.0 but that they will be able to upgrade the normal way to the final version of iOS 5.0.1 when it gets released to all.

Only a brief mention about timings is given which says that the final update could be a few weeks away. This could take it towards the end of November rather than this or next week which was expected.

For those of you thinking about taking your iPhone 4S back to an Apple store to get replaced for battery issues, we now learn that Apple is turning customers away and encouraging them to wait a few weeks for the iOS 5.0.1 update which is believed will fix the issues.

If your iPhone 4S does have problems with battery life (or any iOS 5 device), try disabling iMessage (hard reboot afterwards) and also disable the time sync location setting. Also avoid using location based reminders for now. Disabling these three should help you get through a day or more on the iPhone 4S.


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