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Apple updates iOS 5, says it fixed battery drain

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Apple released its first patch to iOS 5 on Thursday, which included a patch that “fixes bugs affecting battery life.”

The company acknowledged earlier this month that problems with its latest operating system had caused batteries to drain more quickly for some users — after iPhone owners took to the company’s support forums. Apple promised a fix within “a few weeks.”

The new update, which can be downloaded over the air without needing to connect to iTunes, also adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad, fixes some problems with Documents in the Cloud, and “improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation.”

Users can check for the software update on their iPhone or iPod Touch by heading to the “Settings” menu, selecting “General” and then choosing “Software Update.” The device will recommend that the user connect to a power source while it downloads and installs the update.

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