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  • Warning: Repeating Alarms Will Be Late Tomorrow


    If you depend on a recurring alarm to wake you up tomorrow, you should change it to a one-time alarm. That's Apple's advice to US users of iOS 4.1 who may fall victim to the bug in the Clock app. According to Apple, recurring alarms will work correctly if you set them tomorrow.

    This is the same bug that woke up European users an hour late last week, and Southern Hemisphere users an hour early. The version of Clock.app in iOS 4.1 doesn't update recurring alarms when the phone's clock automatically changes, which it did when Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00 this morning.

    Apple says that the bug will be fixed in iOS 4.2, but for now they are advising users to set the repeat interval on their alarms to "never." Recurring alarms set today will still go off an hour late. Tomorrow, setting alarms to repeat will cause them to go off at the correct time.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Warning: Repeating Alarms Will Be Late Tomorrow started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aldog18 View Post
      Does this affect Australian users too?
      Only if u fall asleep
    1. jvoni's Avatar
      jvoni -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      eh not only do i use the iphone alarm i use an alarm clock and 2 other cheapo phones that i have that i dont use any more except for alarms. i have 8 alarms set on my iphone at 5 minute intervals, the alarm clock, and each of the other 2 phones set at different intervals as well. plus i hide them in different parts of my bedroom so i have to actually get up and find them to silence the alarm which in turn ends up waking me up because im moving around banging my shins on furniture while half asleep.

      i think i have problems waking up on time.
      Sounds like you need an iPhone app that makes you solve a puzzle in order to silence the alarm or perhaps have the camera see something really bright like a light before it will let you silence the alarm... hmmm... app idea?
    1. jacoch's Avatar
      jacoch -
      Apple also said that the problem will disappear after November 7th. It seems the change is hard coded to US change. I had this problem for 2 weeks, but my iPhone sound at the right time yesterday morning. In iOS 4.2, the problem will be fixed and don't depend on US change anymore.
    1. itzbilly's Avatar
      itzbilly -
      Just to confirm, iphones under 4.1 are excluded from this issue?
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aldog18 View Post
      Does this affect Australian users too?
      Have you been asleep??? Daylight saving began in Australia a month ago. Where have you been hiding??? It was highlighted back then.
    1. sdjmchattie's Avatar
      sdjmchattie -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeroskater61 View Post
      One of the reasons why I stayed on 4.0 on my i4... Waiting for 4.2 to be released only thin I want is the airplay feature
      So you discovered this bug in advance of everyone else and made an active decision not to upgrade in case it woke you up late during daylight savings? Impressive!
    1. Aldog18's Avatar
      Aldog18 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tyronal View Post
      Have you been asleep??? Daylight saving began in Australia a month ago. Where have you been hiding??? It was highlighted back then.
      hahahah oh yeah how could I forget! No wonder the days have been so much longer lol!
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      I thought I read that if you delete the alarm and recreate it, that it would work. It didnt!

      I just set up a new one for an hour earlier for now.

      Quote Originally Posted by sdjmchattie View Post
      so you discovered this bug in advance of everyone else and made an active decision not to upgrade in case it woke you up late during daylight savings? Impressive!
      lol!
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      this is old news.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      this article is a fail....I bet about 3/4 of the users on modmyi dont even use their idevices like alarms. and if they do I bet half of those people didnt even have any problem with the alarm. hahah!! I did good.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      mine worked
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      eh not only do i use the iphone alarm i use an alarm clock and 2 other cheapo phones that i have that i dont use any more except for alarms. i have 8 alarms set on my iphone at 5 minute intervals, the alarm clock, and each of the other 2 phones set at different intervals as well. plus i hide them in different parts of my bedroom so i have to actually get up and find them to silence the alarm which in turn ends up waking me up because im moving around banging my shins on furniture while half asleep.

      i think i have problems waking up on time.
      You should not stay up late that often.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      I have 3 alarms set, 2 of them are iPhones. I recently switched to alarm clock pro and it worked fine, however my actual iPhone alarm went off an hour late on my drive to work. Luckily I read about this problem yesterday. Typical apple, just set your alarm manually, hold your phone differently, don't sleep.
    1. Matrixx's Avatar
      Matrixx -
      Yep my alarm went off an hour late today. Wish I read this thread yesterday
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I use my iPhone as alarm and it has had no issues.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ same
    1. dvass's Avatar
      dvass -
      Dear friends,
      as per last night this bug (Apple BUG ID# 8427270), is NO MORE bug any more...

      What I mean is, either Apple send through iTunes - while iphone was on the dock - a silent update to iOS 4.1, or I fixed it by mistake, just bypassing an alarm...

      What I mean is that I tried to make a repeat alarm firstly in the alarms list (eg. 07:00 Weekdays - I named it "work" but didn't make it valid (OFF))
      Then (secondly) I made a repeat alarm (eg. 07:30 Weekdays, but do not name it!!! and make it valid (ON))

      Do it and Test it !!!

      Mine is working, perfectly !

      Cheers,
      VAD
    1. zendrummer74's Avatar
      zendrummer74 -
      I bought Clock Pro from here and now I get an alarm that works. It uses an external push-notification to jar the app to the front to make sure the alarm goes off. It is an elegant "work around" Steve Jobs' Hubris Born of Success.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zendrummer74 View Post
      I bought Clock Pro from here and now I get an alarm that works. It uses an external push-notification to jar the app to the front to make sure the alarm goes off. It is an elegant "work around" Steve Jobs' Hubris Born of Success.
      I like the idea of not having to make sure I start up alarm clock pro before passing out, but the link to the app store from the site you provided does not work and I tried searching the app store without any luck.
    1. zendrummer74's Avatar
      zendrummer74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Crafty42 View Post
      I like the idea of not having to make sure I start up alarm clock pro before passing out, but the link to the app store from the site you provided does not work and I tried searching the app store without any luck.
      Sorry. The link was to the app developer's site. Try this link for the iTunes App store.

      NOTE: This app may not be the best approach for everyone, particularly heavy sleepers. It works for me, but just barely. I ran a few tests and the push notification works great. What is fairly lame is that the push notification is not a repeating alarm, per se. It is just that... a notification.

      I'd be curious to see if anyone has found a clock app that works in the background of iOS 4.1.