By Stephen Schenck | November 21, 2011 5:40 PM
Mid-last week, we heard a rumor that Apple was making quick progress towards a release of iOS 5.0.2, intended to wrap-up the unfinished business of iOS 5.0.1. Though Apple intended for that release to solve the battery life issues that have been affecting many 4S handsets, its efforts were less than completely successful. In an effort to make amends as quickly as possible, the rumor suggested Apple could have the update ready-to-go by the end of this week. Now the same source is back with additional news, claiming that Apple has delayed the planned 5.0.2 release.
Supposedly, Apple was overly-optimistic in its ability to get new code ready so quickly. While we haven’t heard specifically about the success of efforts to eliminate the battery bug, the story goes that the 5.0.2 patch has some memory-related problems that Apple’s yet to fix. Instead of releasing a buggy 5.0.2, only to require the inevitable 5.0.3 to sure-up those loose ends (and perpetuate a vicious cycle), Apple wants to slow things down a smidge and make sure 5.0.2 is a nicely-polished, stable release. As a result, the expected 5.0.2 release date is now quite up-in-the-air; we’ll just all have to be patient.