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  • Apple Wakes up To Serious Alarm Clock Issue


    If you accidentally overslept today, you can blame the problem on Apple. And Apple will back you up on it.

    As it turns out, Apple is being flooded with thousands of complaints from users that their alarm clock feature (on the iPhone 4 and earlier models with software updates) is malfunctioning, particularly with regard to non-recurring alarms. This weekend Apple has not only acknowledged the problem, but promised a automatic alarm fix for the bug beginning tomorrow, January 3, 2011.

    We're aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.
    This latest alarm clock glitch is eerily reminiscent of a similar bug that took aim at the alarm clock feature after Daylight Saving Time this past fall. Shortly before that issue, in September folks in Australia and New Zealand also began widely reporting that their iPhone alarms would sound an hour early.

    From last fall until today, message boards across the blogosphere have filled with complaints from people whose lives were propelled into turmoil as a result of being late for work, missing flights and other time-sensitive commitments. Thankfully, according to Apple, the snooze button on this bug has been officially whacked and the iPhone alarm clock should function normally beginning Monday morning.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Wakes up To Serious Alarm Clock Issue started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. gadget's Avatar
      gadget -
      I woke up an hour late for work a few days back, not too happy.
    1. da_petcu21's Avatar
      da_petcu21 -
      Seems like some developer that works on the alarm clock will get fired
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Lucky I don't use the basic Clock app
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      I didn't like apple's alarm in iphone from the start! it has ugly ringtones and i don't feel like searching for a better ringtone to wake me up. so i just depend on my sister's mytouch with its sweet tune
    1. DwayneDavis3's Avatar
      DwayneDavis3 -
      For the love of God people...is the iPhone the ONLY means by which you're alerted to awake? ALWAYS have another clock by your bed just in case...sheeeesh!!
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      So.... 4.2.2? Hope not! Just a fix!!!
    1. Sarge78's Avatar
      Sarge78 -
      yeah...it got me this morning. I just played with it and the alarm clock works with the snooze off. Oh well...i'll just set a few alarms...lol
    1. DayumQuitPlayin's Avatar
      DayumQuitPlayin -
      I never rely on phones to wake me up, especially the iPhone with its weak speaker. I really hope Apple upgrades the loudspeaker on their iDevices.
    1. Jman2499's Avatar
      Jman2499 -
      Who uses the bunk native alarm app anyways?
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      It's mean will update FW again......
      good luck jailbreakers.
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I don't see why people just use a dedicated alarm clock instead of their iDevice. I would never use the alarm clock in my iPhone over my alarm clock I use everyday. My alarm clock never fails me.


      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. HomieG35's Avatar
      HomieG35 -
      I learned long before the iPhone came into being.

      I have a plug-in alarm, one that runs on batteries, and the iPhone alarm is just a bonus. Although the past few mornings I have wondered why I didn't fumble in the dark, randomly trying to swipe the screen to make the annoyance go away...
    1. LoganKal's Avatar
      LoganKal -
      Quote Originally Posted by DwayneDavis3 View Post
      For the love of God people...is the iPhone the ONLY means by which you're alerted to awake? ALWAYS have another clock by your bed just in case...sheeeesh!!
      i would have to agree, why are u solely depending on your phone as an alarm. this is not a new problem.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Apple can make one of the best phones this world has seen along with superb desktops, laptops, tablets etc, but they cant for the life of them make a (you need to use a better selection of words) alarm clock that can work properly.
    1. farfromovin's Avatar
      farfromovin -
      Well, you just never would think that alarm clock software is buggy on phones. Yeah, yeah, use a real alarm clock. But I use the iPhone exclusively because it's way easier to set, adjust, manage, etc than an OG alarm clock. Poo on Apple!
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by DwayneDavis3 View Post
      For the love of God people...is the iPhone the ONLY means by which you're alerted to awake? ALWAYS have another clock by your bed just in case...sheeeesh!!
      I don't agree with you... ever since mobile phones (or lets say really old nokias) i've been only using my phone as an alarm! Why would a phone have an alarm feature if it doesn't work?!

      Out of your quote you could argue that if the camera feature of the phone doesn't work you always have normal digi cam with you... so why do you have a camera in the phone in the first place?!

      Thats why the iPhone is called a SMART-Phone cause its "smart" and does more thing in one device!
    1. Jacobh4's Avatar
      Jacobh4 -
      Idk if this is what you meant but you can go and make and buy your own ringtones in iTunes! Just google how to make your own ringtones, or there's also apps in the App Store for free that teaches you! If you already knew that I'm sorry... But it's on the new iPod touch and iPhones! Idk which iPhones it's on though!
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      Out of your quote you could argue that if the camera feature of the phone doesn't work you always have normal digi cam with you... so why do you have a camera in the phone in the first place?!
      I'm in full agreement. I have a backup in my room just in case (not this morning because I was house sitting for a friend, and I got screwed too on this bug), but I shouldn't need a backup. This is an iDevice and I expect it to be reliable on functions that have to do with activities of daily living.

      I was pretty forgiving the first time this happened at daylight savings time, but I really need to be able to trust my alarm clocks, no matter what they're made out of.


      EDIT: And if this holds up a jailbreak, I'm going to run a school bus off the road. You heard me.

      EDIT 2: lol, not really.
    1. JoeSchmoe's Avatar
      JoeSchmoe -
      To those that think it's dumb to use your idevice as an alarm: why shouldn't you be able to rely on a $600 device (that can play sounds at specific times) to simply play a tune to wake you up? I am a deep sleeper and my iPhone(s) have never failed to wake me up. The ol "get an alarm clock" went out the window in the year 2000.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      First Apple couldn't make a clock that worked with daylight savings time now just a normal day in January doesn't work either. Maybe spend less time creating "innovative" antenna designs and more time coding a simple function correctly.
      How can something that phones have been doing right since the dawn of the mobile phone, get broken in this day and age.

      @At the you shouldn't only rely on your iPhone as your only alarm argument
      Bull$hit on that!
      Should I carry a separate digital camera too incase my iPhone camera doesn't work? Or a standalone iPod incase that function breaks, or a standalone GPS device incase that goes down too, or even a backup mobile phone incase my iPhone doesn't like the look of some random day.
      Stop trying to defend Apples repeated failure at creating a working clock.

      Been using my phone to wake me since my first mobile phone ~1998 and the all mighty iPhone is the only one to ever have a cockup