Apple Inc. this week said it will release a software update to the iPhone 4S to fix a battery life issue for select owners.

The company told All Things D this week that a small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices.

“We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks,” the company said in a statement.

Buyers of the iPhone 4S have been irked by a battery drain issue that is plaguing select devices.

This week, a discussion forum at grew to 190 pages from buyers who have claimed the battery life on the iPhone 4S is far less than advertised.

Apple disclaims eight hours of talk time and six hours of internet use via 3G, with standby time of up to 200 hours.

One buyer claimed his iPhone 4S battery life drains at 15 percent per hour while locked and on standby. Another said battery drained 10 percent in 12 to 15 minutes after using iMessage.

Users suspect an issue with location-based services, iOS 5, or the new Dual-Core CPU.

The company in Oct. said it sold 4 million iPhone 4S units at launch in the first three days of sale to set a new sales record for the device.

The iPhone 4S began sale at brick and mortar retail stores Oct. 14 and is now available in more than 22 countries.

The iPhone 4S includes the A5 Dual-Core CPU, 8MP camera, 1080p HD video recording functionality, iOS 5, and a new voice command protocol called Suri.

Suri can call, text, email, remind, and offer weather, stock, traffic, direction, and definition information via voice commands.

The iPhone utilizes the iOS operating system used in iPod Touch and iPad 2 products.

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