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Daylight Savings Time 2010: Your iPhone Story

As most of you are already aware, the planned move over to Daylight Saving Time in the US has caused quite a stir with iPhone and iPod Touch users, as a unique bug occured causing the alarm clock on devices to skip one hour.

When it first happened, not everyone was aware of this problem, and as a result of this, they found themselves waking up an hour later than normal. For those of you who got sucked into the DST issue, what effect did it have on your day-to-day schedule?

We’re guessing a lot of you got into work late because of the issue, and the excuse given to your superior must of been pretty good – ‘Hello, I’m late because my iPhone didn’t wake me up on time!’ How many of you missed your scheduled public transport because of your trusty iPhone?

Even though the US has now moved into Daylight Saving Time like Europe, iPhone users are still being cautious by resetting their alarms one hour earlier. Apple themselves stated that US iPhone and iPod Touch users still may have issues after the time change, and it wouldn’t be fixed up until they release iOS 4.2.

Do you have a story to tell due to the time changing over? Leave us a comment below.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Michael
Michael

Daylight savings time ended just fine for me, no alarm issues at all (11/07/10, 02:00) now this morning (11/11/10 04:00) the alarm woke me up on time, just like it should, but as I checked the time as I was walking out the door (04:30) the time fell back another hour to read 03:30. So it glitched 4 days later.

Roger
Roger

I use the iPhone and (ugh) Microsoft Outlook to hold all my appointments, etc. It's a damn good thing that my dentist's assistant made a routine call to remind me of my appointment time as the stupid iPhone *moved* my appointment back one hour (then sync'd the mistake to Outlook), I live in Phoenix where we don't participate in DST. What's strange is that I've owned iPhones since the beginning and this was the first time there was ever an issue around the DST transition time.

Linda
Linda

iPhone and 2 MacBook pros changed automatically. No problems here.

Jeff
Jeff

Apple fail. The time changed on my iPhone4, but the alarm didn't go off until I was on my way to work.

JCircle
JCircle

seems the best way would be to get rid of DTS 🙂

Stiles
Stiles

My clock changed, but my alarm went off an hour late. So I was an hour late to work. Big thanks to Apple, It would have been easy to at least send out an email to the Mobile Me accounts to let people know. I guess i have to check the web daily to see what the latest Iphone problem is going to be.

MarcoZ
MarcoZ

My alarm went off one our lanter when i was rushing to get to work. i like arriving early at work, so today i was on time. i have an iphone4 , and although i will not repalce with another brand i'm not stupid enough to say the it does not have problems.
MZ, Washington DC

AppleAllTheWay
AppleAllTheWay

This is a non-story! My phone worked perfectly and my alarm worked perfectly. Also, since the time change is on Sunday, most people had over 24-hours to check if their clock was correct or not, so only have themselves to blame if they missed work of Monday!!

Katie
Katie

My iPod Touch 3G switched time zones from Hawaii to Tokyo and all of my map and location apps locate me near Tokyo. I've adjusted the time and changed the time zone at least five times today and within an hour it changes back. No idea what to do to fix it…everything I've read focuses on the iPhone, not iPod. The kicker is we don't change the clocks for DST!

Steve M
Steve M

I live in Arizona – we maintain the same time year round. However, I noticed that my phone did drop back an hour today (Nov. 7). When I got into "settings", I found that my phone had somehow changed its time zone region to 'Cupertino' (Apple's mother ship! – draw your own conclusions and conspiracy theories). I reset it to 'Phoenix', and all seems to be well.

Kellie
Kellie

I wasn't worried about my alarm the funny thing with all three of the iPhones in our house is they were 5 hours ahead of time instead of falling back one hour. We simply took them off automatic settings and set our phones manually and reset our alarms. The end of the world however did not happen.

Iphonegrrl
Iphonegrrl

My iPhone also worked perfectly including the alarm. Clearly another fake “story” by the Apple haters.

John Tate
John Tate

Errr, we are moving OUT of daylight savings time!!!! Summer is DST while winter is "normal time."

Joe
Joe

No. We're going back to Standard Time. This article is wrong.

229Mick
229Mick

iPhone Vista.

Kat
Kat

I had no problem with the alarm. It went off just fine. However, the time on my phone adjusted to DST even though where I live we don’t have it. I had to turn my iPhone off and on again to correct it.

Phillip
Phillip

Worked just fine on my iPhone 4. Woke me up at 6:45am on time.

guygo
guygo

We all know Apple doesn't make mistakes. It must be the NIST's fault.

bmftech
bmftech

I think people dont read and therefore are idiots, then say their stuff worked ok. read the article it is about an iphone bug. nothing else

Valentina Ganea
Valentina Ganea

I had no problem with my IPhone.

Frank Lyn
Frank Lyn

Why would the story say someone would be LATE for work in any circumstances during the fall? Unless it fell back twice … save the "story" for next Spring when it *might* possibly be true.

Ray
Ray

My iPod touch did just fine this am.

Darrow
Darrow

Being an Arizona resident my whole life, I have never participated in DST; in this time zone, we never set our clocks back. You can imagine, then, that it was quite a surprise to me that my iphone changed the time for me- I woke up this morning an hour late, and therefore got to work late. My phone is even set to Phoenix time, so this really shouldn’t have happened. What a sorry excuse to have to make to a boss, “Sorry my iPhone changed times and woke me up an hour late…” This whole situation was very inconvenient.

Phread
Phread

It's, "Daylight Saving Time"; you idiot.

Themoose
Themoose

I've noticed that many people's phones were an hour off. Mine ended up being nearly seven hours off! I woke up at 8:56 am (the time on my alarm clock) and I looked at the time on my phone. It was 1:50 am! The hours and minutes are screwed up on my phone. The only thing that works for me is to manually set the time.

Jeremiah
Jeremiah

My wife and I both have iPhones, her's is a 3GS and mine is the iPhone 4. Both of our clock automatically rolled back by SEVEN HOURS! I took them off of automatic setting and set them manually. Moving them back to automatic shifts it seven hours again. No idea what the heck is going on. I'm thinking it might be something with the cell network, not the phones.

jjlwood
jjlwood

My Iphone 4 rolled to the correct time. My wife's set it self to 9pm the night before. This morning I wake up to find my Iphone set to 3am at 10am. Not sure what that is about?

Tony S
Tony S

It’s daylight SAVING, not savings, time.

Mimi
Mimi

Obviously, this is a publicity stunt my apple. Any news is good news, free press. Now, this will be a topic of conversation all day. We all got sucked in by Steve jobs and his twilight zone!

Valkyrie
Valkyrie

My iphone clock has not changed. When I go into clock to make sure I was in my correct timezone–it's correct, but the clock on the face of my iphone is still wrong.

All Three
All Three

So I have a blackberry, an android phone, and an iPhone 4, and all three have recurring alarms(I’m a heavy sleeper, and so multiple alarms reduce my risk of missing class or work). I woke up this morning to all three of them ringing at the correct time. And seriously, quit being dicks to everyone who has an iPhone! My android phone is my favorite phone, but seriously, iPhones are pretty damn awesome.

NotAFanBoy
NotAFanBoy

Wow, I can only imagine the comments if Microsoft had done the same thing on Windows or any of its devices! But Apple gets a pass huh? This leads me to believe that marketing trumps technology for most sheep…errr….people.

Android
Android

My Samsung Galaxy S had not problems.

jabberwolf
jabberwolf

Iphone and Apple with programming is typically retarded and kid like.
While most others have no problem, Apple still struggles with DST fixes

Keith
Keith

My iphone alarm would go off an hour early everyday for the past couple of weeks. It was never late. And yes, I checked to make sure that I didn't set the alarm to early. Every time it was set for 5am and the alarm without fail would go off at 4am.

Chris
Chris

Not sure how you would be late for anything when you would be getting up an hour early if your phone doesn't adjust (unless you are in Arizona or another similar area). As several people have pointed out it is actually the end of Daylight Saving Time not the beginning of daylight savings time.

Johnny G
Johnny G

This time of year… you would be an hour early for work if the time didn't change… not an hour late.

Jake S
Jake S

I live in Tucson, AZ and this morning my iPhone read 6am when it was indeed 7am. We dont observe DST. My iPhone was set to auto update time since I travel a lot for work. I had to manually set the time then recheck auto update. Seems to have worked for the clock, but my alarms are still off cause of the repeat bug. (yes, Apple has confirmed there is an issue.) Thank God I have clocks all over my place!!

ShawnNC
ShawnNC

Worked Perfectly! Regular alarms and my time adjusted exactly at 2

torchredfrc
torchredfrc

All 3 iPhones in my house moved the time back an hour as well. 2 3GS, 1 4. Great job Apple – does no one test these things? How do you mess up DST and release a patch AFTER the fact when it's already happened all over the world??

credible person
credible person

Daylight Saving Time without the "s" at the end and also if it doesn't update the clock you will have the alarm go off an hour EARLIER than expected, not later

TomJones
TomJones

[…the excuse given to your superior must ***of*** been pretty good…]–what the heck are you talking about?

credible person
credible person

Daylight Saving Time

no "s" on the end there

pogo57
pogo57

Nice article but next time please get your facts straight. The official name is "daylight saving time" not "daylight savings time". And BTW, Daylight Saving Time is ENDING and we are returning to Standard Time

Dave
Dave

My iPhone 3GS set itself to the correct time, and the alarm stayed fine. o O

Bill W.
Bill W.

My phone didn't roll back an hour … haven't tried the alarms yet, but the phone ITSELF displays the wrong time!

Steamshovel
Steamshovel

(1) The U.S. is moving *out* of DST, not into it. So this article loses its credibility in the first sentence.

(2) My iPhone did the right thing with regard to both the time change and the alarm.

Nails
Nails

My clock reset and the alarm went off at the right time. No problems.

Harry Obrian
Harry Obrian

Oh My, the world is going to end because someone is upset over yet another non-important thing. Relying and depending on a single device for anything is absurd and blaming it is even worse. "The dog ate my homework" excuse has now gone digital but tis still the property of Apple.

Hopkins
Hopkins

My phone did not update the time and my alarm went off an hour late. Nice, huh!?!?

VAN
VAN

AS USUAL ANDROID WORKED JUST FINE!!! COME TO THE ANDROID INVASION AND LEAVE INFERIOR I PRODUCTS BEHIND!!!

Kevin
Kevin

Upon awakening this am, I saw the IPhone clock had jumped back two hours. But when I went to the world clock, Time for my time zone (EST) was correct. I had to switch off the “Set Automatically” setting (Settings, General, Date & Time), and the time self-corrected!

Switched back to “set automatically” and time stayed correct.

My first EVER software glitch with an iPhone.

stefani
stefani

glad i set 2 alarms. i live in AZ and we don't change. however my phone decided to.. 🙁

Fateo
Fateo

I set my alarm for an hour earlier so as not to take a chance given all the publicity. Since my phone worked they way it should, I woke up an hour early. I’m kind of mad at the news hype.

Mr_T
Mr_T

@MrSatyre, I believe the reference was to the *change* in effective start and stop dates for DST — not that the US hadn't observed DST until recently. My iPod Touch G4 indicates the correct time this morning, so I'd say it's largely a non-issue.

Garron
Garron

My wife and I both have iphone 4s and she turned off the automatic time. The bug happened to her…now shes an hour late for work. She was worried it wouldn’t change correctly because our blackberries would skip hours everytime we had a change on automatic time. I left my iPhone on automatic and it kept the correct time…I would say the phones to have problems were the ones not set to auto.

iphoneuser
iphoneuser

My iphone and macbook are set on auto and both have not changed the time.

iphoneuser
iphoneuser

mine did not work

Elvin
Elvin

It seems the bug takes on if you are not taking the time from the cellular network…

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Oh…the iPhone! BAD BAD. Another crap story

Berrie Nice
Berrie Nice

time for a blackberry!
they always come back for crack! crackberry!

Eric Nanneman
Eric Nanneman

Very upset at Apple right now. I live in Phoenix and Arizona doesn’t observe DST. My alarm went off an hour later than it was supposed to. Right now, my phone says 3:30 a.m. even though it’s actually 4:30 a.m. 🙁

Matt
Matt

Anti iPhone people started this rumor. Mine worked perfectly this morning, just as it always has.

ALan
ALan

No problems here.

MrSatyre
MrSatyre

“Even though the US has now moved into Daylight Savings Time like Europe…”

What on earth are you talking about? The US has been following DST fir many decades!

Kimberly Edington
Kimberly Edington

I never had a problem.. My recurring alarms worked perfectly. This must not be a uniform problem. It clearly did not affect my iPhone 4.

Kimberly Edington

Zzzoooom
Zzzoooom

Worked fine for me. The way this story is written makes it sound like the alarm app is the most important thing the iPhone does??? Give me a break. Is this really a huge catastrophe? Maybe you should spend your time reporting something WORTH reporting!!!

Jake Dowdy
Jake Dowdy

My phone rolled over the 2am mark 24 minutes ago (I live in Alaska) and it did not go back to 1:00am. I dont know if the iphone has a different time set up to roll back, but with the standardized time being 2am, I dont know why it hasnt changed yet.

As a side thought, since the "daylight adjustment" is implemented in March and "removed" in November, will it wait til the clock reads 3AM before being lifted and then displaying 2AM? I will wait up another half hour to see if this is the case.

Jake Dowdy
Jake Dowdy

My phone rolled over the 2am mark 24 minutes ago (I live in Alaska) and it did not go back to 1:00am. I dont know if the iphone has a different time set up to roll back, but with the standardized time being 2am, I dont know why it hasnt changed yet.

As a side thought, since the "daylight adjustment" is implemented in March and "removed" in November, will it wait til the clock reads 3AM before being lifted and then displaying 2AM? I will wait up another half hour to see if this is the case.

Bill Gubinsky

My iPod touch set the clock back 1 hour just like I expected it to.

Chris
Chris

I set my clock back manually before I went to bed last night, expecting problems. When I woke up, I discovered that the iPhone adjusted an extra hour back on its own. Mine had no problem setting itself back an hour afterall.

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