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Apple has admitted to battery-sucking bugs in its recently released iOS 5, has promised that a fix will be forthcoming, and has seeded a beta of iOS 5.0.1 to developers.

Apple's admission comes to us via AllThingsD. Before The Reg told you about the battery suckage and a few suggested fixes, we asked Apple for confirmation and/or comment, which they chose not to provide. They don't like us. Sigh...

So thanks to the folks at ATD for sharing with us all that Apple told them: "A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. 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."

And that's all that Apple told them.

From From Cult of Mac, however, comes the additional news that the iOS 5.0.1 beta has been seeded to developers, and that the No. 1 item in the list of improvements and bug fixes that it provides is "Fixes bugs affecting battery life".

Our friends in Oz may also be happy to hear that No. 4 on that list is "Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation".

Oh, and that support thread with more than 1,100 entries that that we mentioned in our original article? As we click the Publish button on this very article, the number of entries has grown to 3,147. ®

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