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iPhone Bug: Alarm Clock Problem – Why You Should Wait

Since the UK moved to DST (Daylight Saving Time) on Sunday morning, iPhone owners have been up in arms over the alarm clock problem. A number of our readers had given advice on how to solve this bug — but none of them worked for me. However, Alan Ng reported this morning that Apple has an official fix for this problem until iOS 4.2 is released.

However, having read over the fix I feel that we should wait for iOS 4.2 to fix the issue for us. I have my alarm set on repeat for each morning, so having to delete this and set each day individually will be a pain — I know that I am not the only one thinking this?

I still cannot believe that this issue has come about when to my knowledge, has never happened before? This does show that iOS 4.1 still has a few bugs in it. However, this bug would have been hard for Apple to notice, as DST has only just happened in the UK, and will change over in the U.S. this weekend.

I cannot see the problem with having your alarm set for one-hour earlier until Apple release iOS 4.2, which could be on November 7th, Monday. What have you done to solve this iPhone alarm issue?

Written by Peter Chubb

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  • Manda

    My alarm won’t ever even go off???!! POS!

    Caused me to be late for work!

  • Eddie in aust

    I fixed it by renaming the alarm an it works

    At the right time every day

  • My repeat alarm was set for 4:00 Tue-Sat. It went off at 5:00 on Tuesday and I barely made it to work on time. This morning my iPhone was half an hour behind my desk clock — and I assumed my desk clock was off. When I got up to check the time, my iPhone synced up to the same time as my desk clock radio! No alarm again. I think I might switch back to my Big Ben.

  • Miranda B

    I have another weird bug that must be related to all this but I've not seen reported anywhere else – all recurring appointments in my calendar (that were created in MS Outlook) are displaying an hour early. E.g. I have a weekly yoga class at 6pm but my iPhone says it's at 5pm. The appointment is still correct on my PC and I sync up every day.

    Any ideas?

  • Eric M

    but if the alarm uses the phone’s time, why is it going off an hour earlier? my phone displays the correct time (auto-update time and date).

  • WY

    I set my alarm 1 hour early and that works fine for me. But not sure what will happen on 7 Nov. There are other (free) alarm apps in the App store without this stupid bug.

  • mandie

    I was wondering why my alarm was going off at 5 instead of 6. I figured it had something to do with daylight savings. Oh well, I will just set it to 7 until Monday 🙂

  • Sukh

    I pay £60 per month for what, apple?

  • Carlo

    i've been waking up @ 5am every morning… when I have it set for 6am.. arrrghhhh

  • Will Vereen

    I live in the US. Updated phone last night. Woke me up ONE HOUR EARLY. Thanks Apple.

  • I set my alarm for 4:00 A.M. and it wakes me up at 3:00 A.M. This is because we are changing our daylight savings time one week later than when we normally do this time of year.

  • evan skuthorpe

    apple sucks.

  • Mark

    Stupid software.

  • Eddy

    Heh I just set it back 1 hour, example 6:20 wakes me up at 7:20, 🙂 stupid apple.

  • S_W

    Unbelievable this still hasn’t been fixed, Apple were aware of an issue with daylight savings more than a month ago in New Zealand –… Luckily (for some) they were woke up early and not late like has happened in the UK.

  • George Osbourne

    Nov 7th is a Sunday and I doubt Apple are releasing 4.2 then. More likely the US DST will kick in then (for most states)..and something magic will happen

  • Hugh

    If you read the Apple post, it says that "you can switch on repeat again from 7th Nov" – that makes me suspect that it's a US-centric bit of coding – i.e. they've hard-coded the US Daylight savings changover into the OS somewhere..

  • raetsel

    By the way here in the UK we haven't moved to DST we've just moved off DST ( or British Summer Time BST) back to the "normal" GMT Greenwich meantime.


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