Apple Devs: iPhone battery improved by iOS 5.0.1
iOS 5.0.1 will improve the life on the iPhone battery, says developers, by reducing the amount of times the phone uses location sensing. I think we can all agree we could have just asked Siri to fix the problem (dot dot dot!)
One developer told the Guardian that the “Setting Time Zone” preference had been fixed: “In the [iOS 5.0] betas and in the first release, turning it on would instantly bring up a purple arrow [in the phone's menu bar], indicating it was using your location – and this would stay on permanently. It really drained the battery.” The “Setting Time Zone” preference was automatically set on in iOS 5.
Another location service, for Traffic, has also been tweaked: “on the release version, if you turned on the location service for traffic, then went into Maps, looked at traffic, and then quit Maps, again the purple arrow would stay in the status bar. This is no longer the case – Maps stops using your location when you close it.”