Apple has come out with an update of iOS 5 to address the battery life and other bugs and problems being faced by the Apple iPhone and iPad owners.
With the new iOS 5.0.1, which was released last week, iPad owners will get their multitasking gestures back. These are touchscreen based gestures, currently available on iPad 2, which allows users to bring up the multitasking bar anytime and make their way back to the home screen with just a swipe.
There are other security enhancements and some modifications as well which allow Australian users to get more out of the Siri voice assistant on their iPhone 4S. Right after the release of iOS 5.0.1 beta 1, Apple released iOS 5.0.1 beta 2 which concentrates more on the battery issues. Since the two beta versions have come close on the heels of one after another, the public release may soon be out in the market, though Apple has said it would take some weeks.
Apple last week admitted the iOS 5 power problem. It also assured the users that they would soon be getting the much needed help. Since the iOS 5 devices were working with iCloud integration, wireless syncing and of course, the location services — it was natural the iOS 5 devices would be using more power than usual.
Some of the iPhone 4S users have thought about the better management of Siri assistant to prevent undue drain on their battery. One convenient way for some might be to disable the raise to speak option in which whenever users raise the phone to their face, Siri responds out of the gate. It is, obviously, a drain on the battery. Users can activate Siri by simply pressing and holding the home button whenever they need to use it.
At the same time, they should make sure Siri is not disabled completely, because in that case all the data stored on the Apple server would be lost and it would have to sync all the data again when the service is activated, thus eating more power and defeating the whole purpose.