iOS 5.1.1 Update – Battery Issue?

Apple released iOS 5.1.1 this week. According to Apple’s release notes, the following issues were addressed with this release:
— Improved reliability of using HDR option for photos taken using the Lock Screen shortcut.
— Bug fixes for issues that could prevent the new iPad from switching between 2G and 3G networks.
— Bug fixes that affected AirPlay video playback in some situations.
— Improved reliability for syncing Safari bookmarks and Reading List.
— Fixed an issue where ‘Unable to purchase’ alert could be displayed after successful purchase.

I updated from iOS 5.1 to 5.1.1 on both my iPhone 4 and new iPad. While I’ve been able to manage battery life pretty effectively in the past, today I saw my battery deplete significantly more quickly on each device. While not a rampant problem, it appears that I am not alone.

After reading through the Apple Support Forum, it seems like the least pervasive course of action is to let my iPhone battery drain entirely and then fully charge it. The most pervasive is to do a restore via iTunes. Hopefully, it won’t come to that.

This is actually the first problem that I have had with an iOS update. I have read about people experiencing issues with prior releases but, fortunately, I have had no issue until now.

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Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at