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Apple gives devs second beta of iOS 5 battery fix

Apple has delivered yet another beta of iOS 5.0.1, the software that promises to fix the battery-drain bug that some users are experiencing. The quick succession suggests that the software could arrive sooner than expected.

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Less than two days after issuing its first crack at a fix for iOS 5's battery draining issue, Apple has issued a new version of the software to developers, suggesting its public release may come sooner than expected.

Apple today posted a second beta of iOS 5.0.1 to its developer site, an update to the initial release of iOS 5 that fixes a handful of bugs while adding new features to the original iPad.

The software hit Apple's developer siteon Wednesday, shortly after Apple acknowledged that some users were indeed seeing poor battery life after upgrading to the newer version of iOS.

Besides tackling the battery life issue, iOS 5.0.1 brings multitasking gestures to original iPad owners, a feature that was a notable omission in the initial release of the new software, considering that earlier betas had the feature enabled.

The update also fixes a security issue with Apple's Smart Cover for the iPad 2 that would let users gain access to whatever app the owner of that device was running, even if they didn't know that user's lockscreen password, along with fixing a bug with documents in Apple's iCloud service, and voice recognition accuracy for Australian users using Apple's dictation feature on the iPhone 4S.

Apple said it would be delivering the software update to the general public "in a few weeks," however the fact that the two betas are so close to each other suggests Apple may be trying to push that deadline up. By comparison, betas between prerelease versions of iOS 5 were sometimes weeks apart.