Apple Acts on iPhone Battery Bugs

Will fix iOS 5 software “in a few weeks”

Apple has promised to iron out the battery problems that have been affecting its latest iPhone. AllThingsD reports that the company has admitted to finding “a few bugs” with its software, which it promises to fix.

“A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices,” Apple said in a statement on Wednesday. “We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

The BBC reports that thousands of people were complaining on Apple's forums about poor battery life for the iPhone 4S.

In some cases, people claimed that their phone battery was draining by up to 15 percent every hour, the BBC says, even when the handset was not being used. The statement is the first time Apple has publically addressed the issue, though it had contacted iPhone 4S owners, according to AFP.

Despite lower-than-expected battery life, the iPhone 4S has been a relative success for Apple. AFP reports that the company sold over four million of the smartphones in the three days after its launch on 4 October.

The new iOS 5 operating system, released last month, is also used for iPads and iPod touch devices.