Apple is anything but predictable these days with its iOS refresh cycle. Last week Apple released not one, but two beta versions of iOS 5.0.1 to developers. Needless to say, that’s fairly unusual for the company on such an incremental update.

Apparently, the iPhone-makers are still baffled by the battery bug. Because now 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple is seeding iOS 5.0.1 to customers. The software is still considered to be in beta though, and is only available to select end users…

Apple is inviting some users that have been complaining about poor battery life after upgrading to iOS 5 to assist them in testing the latest update. It seems that the participants are being referred by Apple’s customer support department, AppleCare.

The Cupertino company has taken a lot of heat over iOS 5’s battery problems, as evident in a recent internal memo to its retail employees. 9to5Mac published the note, which directs workers on how to handle customer complaints regarding iOS 5 battery life.

Apple is now in its third stage of testing iOS 5.0.1, so you would think we were getting close to a public release. Hopefully by the time it’s ready to go, the battery problems will be completely resolved. We’ll keep you updated.

  • Anonymous

    “You will be able to upgrade to the final version of iOS 5.0.1 once it is released but cannot re-install an older version of iOS once you have installed this pre-release software” More bull?

    • Kok Hean

      That meant that a downgrade is not possible!

      • Anonymous

        I know what it meant but I doubt it’s not possible as downgrades from iOS 5.0 are possible as long as blobs are saved.

      • Anonymous

        Some things the blobs grab are randized upon restart on iOS 5, making them unusable.

      • Anonymous

        Saved blobs and TinyUmbrella will be useless with iOS 5; making downgrading IMPOSSIBLE. This is a big blow to the jailbreaking community, which is losing the cat and mouse race by a mile.

  • Anonymous

    There is no battery bug. Apple is just fooling users and trying to get them to forget about the problem. It’s a dual core phone with about the same battery as the single core iPhone 4, what else did you all expect? The only “fix” here is increasing the battery capacity in a new batch of phones, which will never happen.

    • Anonymous

      Well, the battery has been increased specifically for the 4S for the A5.

      My iPod touch 4G has had bad battery since 4.3, all the way to 5.0 (it’s worse). Same result jailbroken and non.

  • The problem comes from constant use of location services by either apps or the system to perform functions suh as time sync, cell tower search.etc. the fix is to have it not constantly be in use. It’s a software fix that can be done without hardware refresh.

    Apple has also solved the BLOB bypass so it is now completely useless to save blobs on any hardware beyond A4 processor.

  • Anonymous

    How many times are you going to use “The Cupertino company”

    • Anonymous

      It’s what they are, and they’ve been doing it.

      Why are you bothered by it?