Daylight Saving Time switch reveals iOS recurring alarm bug

“As NSW, Victoria, Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia switched to daylight saving time at the weekend, a bug in the Apple iPhone caused some workers to run late yesterday,” Ben Grubb reports for The Syndey Morning Herald. “The bug appears to affect only those with a ‘recurring’ alarm.”

Grubb reports, “There has been no indication when a fix might be made available. Apple Australia has been contacted for comment but is yet to respond… The bug appears to affect all of Apple’s products running iOS – Apple’s operating system for its iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Last week Apple blog TUAW noted the same issue for New Zealand iOS users.”

Grubb reports, “Whirlpool user Mr.Likeable suggested that recurring alarms set prior to daylight saving time would make your iPhone alarm go off one hour later than you wanted it to and that an alarm set since the time change would make it go off one hour earlier.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Watch those alarms (set ’em manually) until Apple pushes out a fix.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Luke C.” for the heads up.]

58 Comments

  1. Apple has until the end of this month to prevent an alarm disaster. Europe now seems to change time when we do, the last week in October.

    Anybody know when time changes come for Asia, Russia, and South America? Or is this only a Southern-hemisphere “spring forward” problem and not a Northern Hemisphere “fall back” one?

    And why should this problem occur now? It’s not as if we were running iOS 1.0.

  2. Apple has until the end of this month to prevent an alarm disaster. Europe now seems to change time when we do, the last week in October.

    Anybody know when time changes come for Asia, Russia, and South America? Or is this only a Southern-hemisphere “spring forward” problem and not a Northern Hemisphere “fall back” one?

    And why should this problem occur now? It’s not as if we were running iOS 1.0.

  3. @HUYA™
    My Dad uses his little at&t cell phone as an alarm because when he needs to get up early he is almost always up north (wich means he is staying in a hotel) most of the hotel alarm clocks tend to not work, have the wrong time, are too quite etc. so he just uses his cellphone

  4. @HUYA™
    My Dad uses his little at&t cell phone as an alarm because when he needs to get up early he is almost always up north (wich means he is staying in a hotel) most of the hotel alarm clocks tend to not work, have the wrong time, are too quite etc. so he just uses his cellphone

  5. @ AZ_Girl,

    No. Actually the real answer is an attempt to allow families to spend more time together doing outdoor activities in the summer. Work ends at the same time (5:00 for most) regardless of the position of the sun, so an extra hour of daylight affords this luxury. This is the reason places like Indiana don’t follow daylight savings time – because farmers go by the sun; not an artificial construct such as the time on a clock. Daylight savings time ironically works against farmers – they have less time to go to the store and enjoy other activities that are structured around the time on a clock.

    </end rational comment>

  6. @ AZ_Girl,

    No. Actually the real answer is an attempt to allow families to spend more time together doing outdoor activities in the summer. Work ends at the same time (5:00 for most) regardless of the position of the sun, so an extra hour of daylight affords this luxury. This is the reason places like Indiana don’t follow daylight savings time – because farmers go by the sun; not an artificial construct such as the time on a clock. Daylight savings time ironically works against farmers – they have less time to go to the store and enjoy other activities that are structured around the time on a clock.

    </end rational comment>

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