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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. Thijs_Elsman's Avatar
      Thijs_Elsman -
      It's an automatic, not a automatic. I am Dutch, yet I see that.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Hey at least it's not as bad as the ps3 leap year clock fault, that knocked millions of people off its network for 24 hours. Come to think about it poor old sony has taken beating this past year with more then one epic failure. First the internal clock glitch and now the epic unfixable crypto failure that failoverflow exploited just last week.

      Don't worry apple you are not far behind with attenagate and these clock glitches...lol
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      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!!
      Correct. SMART people have a backup in life for important things. Idiots think everything will always work as planned and never need a backup plan for anything.

      Well idiots and children like on this site where the average age is 16 apparently judging by some of the things I've seen.

      If you don't have backups for IMPORTANT things in life, you deserve to be nipped in the azz to wake you up.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      OK guys, enough whining about a broke app.

      1. I have relied SOLELY on the alarm clock of my phones for about 10 years. This is the first time i was let down.
      2. CHANGE THE DATE MANUALLY TO 4 JAN AND THE ALARM WILL WORK.
      3. It is sad that an $800.00 smart phone is outperformed by a $2.00 battery operated alarm clock, but you gotta plan for the worst, and expect the best, and you will seldom be disappointed!
      unklbyl
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      Some of us (especially those who travel for Christmas and new year) aren't at home with their regular alarm clocks, and only have the iPhone as an option to wake us. Seriously how hard can it be to code an alarm feature? It's first year programming. Huge fail by apple IMHO.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Moral: Never ALWAYS trust the iPhone's clock alarm.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      This OTA "silent" updates are starting to frighten me a little. First came the "Send to MobileMe Gallery" feature, then Ping, and now this alarm fix. What ELSE could they be doing over the air?
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      The easiest solution is to avoid apple alarm software altogether. Use a third party alarm clock, I'm sure there are tons of better alarm apps out there.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      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!!
      nO, BUT MY POWER ALSO WENT OUT.
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by unklbyl View Post
      OK guys, enough whining about a broke app.

      1. I have relied SOLELY on the alarm clock of my phones for about 10 years. This is the first time i was let down.
      2. CHANGE THE DATE MANUALLY TO 4 JAN AND THE ALARM WILL WORK.
      3. It is sad that an $800.00 smart phone is outperformed by a $2.00 battery operated alarm clock, but you gotta plan for the worst, and expect the best, and you will seldom be disappointed!
      unklbyl
      Well.....then isn't it worth it to pay an extra $2 to be PREPARED?

      Sheesh people. Yes, the iPhone's alarm should be expected to work correctly. But if you can afford an $800 iDevice then you should also be able to spend $5-$15 on a teeny weeny alarm clock as a backup.

      Be prepared, or else you won't get anywhere in life.
    1. dmaas357's Avatar
      dmaas357 -
      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!!
      You're right that it is not the end of the world. But the complainers are right that a device this expensive ought to be able to tell time correctly. We should hold companies accountable for their mistakes and errors, not give a pass by blaming those who foolishly depended on them...
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      It was a good thing both my boss and i have iphones got us both LOL!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jman2499 View Post
      Who uses the bunk native alarm app anyways?
      I do. It does what I need it too. Wake me up. I have my iPhone connected to my stereo though for the extra sound
    1. andsoitgoes's Avatar
      andsoitgoes -
      Quote Originally Posted by piston597 View Post
      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 god damn alarm clock that can work properly.
      I agree here. I can spend $5 on a crappy no name alarm clock that is 100% reliable, buy a $700 device that is a high end mini computer can't properly work a basic alarm clock?

      That is a damn, damn shame.

      Now, from what I gather there are no issues with 3rd party clock programs?

      Regardless, this shouldn't even be a concern, and it is a shame we cannot rely on this type of device as an end all be all solution to something so damn basic.
    1. tankz504's Avatar
      tankz504 -
      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      This OTA "silent" updates are starting to frighten me a little. First came the "Send to MobileMe Gallery" feature, then Ping, and now this alarm fix. What ELSE could they be doing over the air?
      Where did you see it was a OTA update?
    1. yentrog31's Avatar
      yentrog31 -
      I use "Alarmed" in the app store..works like a charm.Oh,and it's free.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      i dont use a recurring alarm. But this morning i set three alarms in 15 minute intervals to get up for work (i have bad luck with the snooze). None went off, i checked and they were all set am as they should be. I tried setting another alarm later in the day to test it, this also didnt work.
    1. maddawg05's Avatar
      maddawg05 -
      My iPhone alarm is the back up alarm. This morning for some odd reason woke up 1 minute before the iPhone alarm would have gone off.
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      i asked myself this morning why it didnt go off but i have 2 other alarms for backup anyways
    1. lili4311's Avatar
      lili4311 -
      I need 3 alarms in 30 min to 15 min intervals to wake me up : P. And from personal experience, my phone alarm has never let me down. However, the "$5-15 no name alarms" screwed me over when the power goes out but my phone has always saved me