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Apple ships iOS 5.0.1 with battery fixes, patches

Gregg Keizer | Nov. 11, 2011
Apple today released iOS 5.0.1, the anticipated update designed to fix multiple unspecified bugs that drained the iPhone's battery much faster than expected.

"Even if some thought what I did was unethical, I hope public reporting of that flaw sped up time to patch release to make things safe for us," Miller said on Twitter today.

Apple credited Miller in its security advisory for reporting the bug.

Other patches plugged holes in FreeType, iOS' font-rendering engine, and quashed a bug that let people with physical access to a passcode-locked iPad 2 view data on the tablet when Apple's Smart Cover was opened.

iOS 5.0.1 weighed in at between 39MB and 45MB on multiple iPhones and iPads owned by Computerworld staffers when the devices retrieved the update over the air.

Connecting an iPhone 4 to iTunes, however, revealed a massive update of some 790MB.

To do an over-the-air update, select the "Settings" app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then touch "General" and finally "Software Update."



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