Apple's battery fix isn't a fix

Last week we reported how Apple had fixed a software glitch on its iOS which caused its nice new iPhone4S to have its battery life expectancy shorter than a TechEye hack at one of the outfit’s product launches.

Apple claimed to have fixed it and, while the incredible draining software was embarrassing, it did not reach the epic levels of antennagate, or snoopgate, or applestuffsitupagaingate.

The only problem with that is, that Apple’s software genius has revealed itself again. Apple has had to admit that devices with the new iOS 5 operating system are still suffering from weak battery life, even after the company issued a software update meant to fix the malfunction.

Apple might have got away with it, if it had not been those pesky kids on the the Apple message boards complaining that the software remedy hasn’t corrected the bug. One punter said that his battery life had got worse since the software update, while others complained that the battery loses 10 percent of its power each hour.

Apple told AP  that that it’s looking into the matter as “some customers” were experiencing continued problems on their iOS 5 devices and it would appear that there were some “remaining issues”.

This is a similar statement to the one which was issued earlier this month which claimed that the battery draining problem was caused by only a “few bugs” that had affected a “small number” of customers. Apple’s damage limitation exercise has the embarrassingly transparent policy of saying “if a problem exists it only affects a few people.” If it applied the same policy to iPad sales, Apple would have to claim that only a few people have ever bought tablets.

When the battery drain problem was first revealed, we pointed out that part of the problem was Apple’s pathologically obsessive secrecy which means that software is not getting tested by enough people before it leaves the shop. Now it seems that problem also applies to its updates.