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Consumers have been complaining for weeks about the iPhone 4S battery life.
updated 11/2/2011 7:00:49 PM ET 2011-11-02T23:00:49

Apple says there is a problem with its latest mobile operating system that is shortening the battery life of iPhones, iPads and iPods that use the software.

Spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said Wednesday that a small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on devices running on the company's iOS 5 operating system. The problem has been widely shared on Apple's own support forums.

Harrison said Apple has found bugs in the program and will release a software update to address them in a few weeks.

The latest iPhone, the 4S, comes with iOS 5.

Other devices can be upgraded to run the software: The iPhone 3GS or 4, iPads and an iPod Touch released in September 2009 or later.

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