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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. huey85's Avatar
      huey85 -
      Question: If we weren't meant to the native Alarm Clock app, then why did Apple implement it as part of the software? How were we to know that it would be flawed before we started using it?
    1. odiyan's Avatar
      odiyan -
      I use my $25 Samsung mobile as an alarm, and it works better (clock & alarm) compared to my 3Gs.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      I have a regular (once-use) alarm as my snooze and a repeating for my "wake up" alarm that goes 10 mins later. 98% of the time, it works all the time!

      Also, I don't understand why people complain about the tones the phone app makes - you can just sync M4R's using iTunes and use them for ringtones/alarm tunes.
    1. gadget's Avatar
      gadget -
      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.
      Mine didn't happen January 1st, it happened December 30th. Figure that one out.
    1. anty3139's Avatar
      anty3139 -
      Shows that Apple wouldn't have been ready for Y2k ...
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      I soley depend on my iphone as an alarm. It has never failed me in 2 years now. I keep it docked on my nightstand with Rise and shine app running as aclock. You do know that a regular alarm can fail also albeit rarely! Like poweroutage, battery drain etc. This minor glitch with the alarm setting is extremely rare!
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      Anyone dumb enough to rely on a single, mission-critical alarm deserves what they get.
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Who else thinks this is an intentional conspiracy to thwart jailbreakers?
    1. Atreidae's Avatar
      Atreidae -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      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

      On that topic.. My ipod dock alarm clock freezes some nights when I have the iphone in it.. Doesnt like the RF from the GSM radio, causes the alarm clock to frezee or reboot (serious!!)

      So I normally set them both (or put my phone in airoplane mode)
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Didn't test the alarm clock until this morning. Still doesn't go off. =O
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      i use the alarm and overslept this morning. fark!
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      My dog is my alarm clock. 3AM on the dot. Without fail.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I set my alarm every night and this morning it definitely didn't go off at 7:10. I looked at it and it was 7:20 but when I reset it for 7:30 it went off just fine.
    1. Volerikan's Avatar
      Volerikan -
      Fortunately, I'm used to getting up right at 7am. I guess I should stop relying on the iPhone alarm.

      It's pretty useful because it is on one of those hollow tables so when it vibrates it is pretty loud, and I have the Pokemon Red/Blue wild Pokemon music playing as the alarm :P
    1. liquidzoo's Avatar
      liquidzoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      Didn't test the alarm clock until this morning. Still doesn't go off. =O
      I had this issue as well...was an hour late to work because of it. I know I shouldn't rely on just the phone as an alarm, but I've always done so in the past with no issues...no matter what phone I was using.

      I don't use a regular alarm because I wouldn't want the buzzer (radio would NEVER wake me up) to wake up my kids if it were going off for too long. I'm out of my house long before they normally wake up.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      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
      iPhone4 is expensive and people want the most use out there iPhone purchase so it should at least alarm properly.
    1. Dave_Xiavia's Avatar
      Dave_Xiavia -
      I was wondering what the rasclot was going on this morning! I was 2hrs late because my alarm didn't go off.


      Steve Jobs is trying to get me fired!!!!
    1. Tully Mars's Avatar
      Tully Mars -
      missed flight here
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      However, if you have purchased the app Nightstand, the alarm function works fine. I have it and use it regularly as a non-recurring alarm.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      iPhone4 is expensive and people want the most use out there iPhone purchase so it should at least alarm properly.
      The antennae should work properly too, but hey! let's focus on the alarm.