Alarm clock bug hits iPhones and iPods

iDevice owners hoping to start the new year on time were treated to a shock this morning as an iOS glitch caused one-off alarms to fail.

Dozens of cranky, overtired iPhone and iPod touch owners took to Twitter to complain this morning following the software glitch, which according to Redmond Pie impacts not only devices running iOS 4.2.1, but earlier versions as well. Devices running iOS 3.x appear to be unaffected.

Ironically, iOS 4.2.1, released in November, included a fix for a daylight savings bug that caused iPhone and iPod touch alarms to go off an hour late.

Testing by Neowin and 9to5Mac has revealed the bug also extends beyond January 1, with one-off alarms also failing on January 2. The glitch appears to rectify itself on January 3. Apple has confirmed to Engadget that it is aware of the problem and has advised users to set recurring alarms to avoid the bug. Third-party alarm clock apps are also being recommended as a way to dodge the problem.

''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,'' a spokesperson said.

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Device 1 - One feature but with uncertain battery life
Device 2 - 1000s of features but with known battery life

Which device would be more dependable...

chorpeac said,
Device 1 - One feature but with uncertain battery life
Device 2 - 1000s of features but with known battery life

Which device would be more dependable...


Android

I'm sorry if this upsets anyone, but if you have to be up at a certain time everyday and don't want to be late for work/school/taking medication etc then buy and use an alarm clock, not a phone with an alarm clock as a feature.

bbfc_uk said,
I'm sorry if this upsets anyone, but if you have to be up at a certain time everyday and don't want to be late for work/school/taking medication etc then buy and use an alarm clock, not a phone with an alarm clock as a feature.

The thing is though, I have owned about 10 alarm clocks in my life time, and ALL of them had issues where the alarm just didn't go off on some random days. My Blackberry Curve has had 0 issues in the 2 years I've owned it. The alarm goes off every time. Not only that but I can set the snooze for whatever duration I want, so it can be 10 minutes instead of the idiotic standard 9 minutes.

what ever happened to the saying simple is better? I'd rather have a standalone alarm clock... trusting a device that runs on batteries that could potentially die over night to wake you up... to me seems like a bad idea....

but to real point is, I thought apple fixed this problem in the last round of alarm clock issues they had this year? I can't believe there is still issues with the alarm

neufuse said,
I thought apple fixed this problem in the last round of alarm clock issues they had this year? I can't believe there is still issues with the alarm

It is pretty silly of them not to have at least checked through for any other bugs when they fixed the previous clock issue.

Maybe it's just me, but all my alarms are set as recurring alarms anyway, and have been since i first got an iPod in late 2008 and iPhone in 2009...

Then i just turn on/off the alarms with a simple tap as/when required o_O

Makes sense, but it depends... for example, these days I find myself being required to get up at different times almost every day depending on whereabouts in the country I have to go for work, so a recurring alarm wouldn't work for me - I need to set the alarm for a different time every day.

Fortunately, I've had plenty of time off work so wasn't affected by this problem anyway It's still pretty pathetic that Apple can't get a basic alarm working correctly though. One problem is bad enough but I can let that go, but here we are again. At least it's a relatively minor problem though.

What about people who missed their flight? Can they ask Apple to refund it? I wonder what Steve will tell them......

_peder_ said,
What about people who missed their flight? Can they ask Apple to refund it? I wonder what Steve will tell them......

Steve: Buy an alarm clock! It's just a phone!

Grow a pair, it's an alarm clock, the world is still spinning....this should be a very big deal for someone with OCD or a classic drama queen teen.

How can apple screw up this basic stuff? They can't make antennas right, can't get DST working, and now they don't know how to handle year changes. Can't wait for the leap year fiasco!

Ruciz said,
How can apple screw up this basic stuff? They can't make antennas right, can't get DST working, and now they don't know how to handle year changes. Can't wait for the leap year fiasco!
Seems like a pretty minor problem to me, did you hear about Android sending text messages to randomly selected contacts?

I just had major back surgery 22 swrews and 2 rods and have been using my alram daily to keep medicated well last night at 4am I woke up in ungodly pain my wife thought I was dieing until she figured out what had happend. I was missing 2 rounds of perocet 1 valuem and 1 oxycotin finally got the pain under control both by wife and I have alarms set just in case I was too out of it she could wake me up. I'm really f'n ****ed about this mostly because of the pain no more iDevices for me after this one. Anyone else who has had surgery should know how important keeping up on yor pain meds are the first few weeks missing 1 is like going through hell.

Assuming you're not making this whole story up, if you'd set your alarm to be recurring you'd be fine. If you need daily/regular reminders, the recurring setting would be something you should've switched on anyway.

Funny i find this one here.
I went to sleep on the 1st at 01:00 and set my alarm for 05:10 as I had work for 07:00. I woke up before the alarm by myself checked the clock and noticed the alarm hadnt gone off.

I'm lucky i woke up or I'd of been late.

The alarm clock is a standard feature on all smartphones. That's a shame that it happened twice. That's something that should always work with no problems, right?

I was late this morning for work to and quite annoyed by it. I had a go of me mate htc hd7 phone new years eve and loved it, think I'll switching to that when my contract is up in march. Apples UI may of been innovative when it was released but just looks dull and boring to me now. The tiles is the new wow factor and it's got me hooked

Anti iPhone fanboys
You are ____________ it wrong.

Damn old joke and its not funny anymore.

Anti Android Fanboys
Fragmentation.

As if you are seriously affected by it...


Anti Windows Phone 7
Microsoft refuse to show numbers.
No apps.

That are still growing. You cannot force a baby to run.

How does this kind of crap still happen? It's 2011, this is important to people...no excuse. Not to be cheesy, but I thought after Y2K people would stop being lazy and cutting corners with dates/times.

This did not happen to me this morning, because it was a saturday.

But on daylight savings this year, my phone displayed the correct time, but my alarm did not go off. Sadly I was late for work that morning.

This is just crazy, how hard can it possibly be to make an alarm always work. This is like the most basic feature of the iphone that many people use every day.

I swear to god if I see one "just use it differently" style joke I will scream... And i'm not a fan of Apple either btw so not fanboyism here!

Ently said,
I swear to god if I see one "just use it differently" style joke I will scream... And i'm not a fan of Apple either btw so not fanboyism here!

+1

Ently said,
I swear to god if I see one "just use it differently" style joke I will scream... And i'm not a fan of Apple either btw so not fanboyism here!

+ eleventyone

Ently said,
I swear to god if I see one "just use it differently" style joke I will scream... And i'm not a fan of Apple either btw so not fanboyism here!

The truth hurts...

Ently said,
I swear to god if I see one "just use it differently" style joke I will scream... And i'm not a fan of Apple either btw so not fanboyism here!

This. That joke is getting retardedly old.

I'm trying to figure out how this bug affects only 1 and 2, but i can't get a satisfying theory.
My guess is that it has something to do with those being weekend days and Apple's calendars considering the beginning of the weeks on Mondays.

thartist said,
I'm trying to figure out how this bug affects only 1 and 2, but i can't get a satisfying theory.
My guess is that it has something to do with those being weekend days and Apple's calendars considering the beginning of the weeks on Mondays.

Same thought came to my mind.

2xSilverKnight said,

Same thought came to my mind.

Me too. Something with 1/1/11 & 1/2/11....hmmm..... Maybe they set their alarm for 1:11 a.m. so the software saw an alarm set for 1/1/11 01:11:00 and errored out thinking the input was binary and had a data conversion / data mismatch error. Doesn't explain 1/2/11 though.
(of course I don't really believe this)

thartist said,
I'm trying to figure out how this bug affects only 1 and 2, but i can't get a satisfying theory.
My guess is that it has something to do with those being weekend days and Apple's calendars considering the beginning of the weeks on Mondays.
Ahh, that gets me closer than I had been to having a theory. Nice thinking. Still really strange, though :\

wctaiwan said,
It's a feature. Every sane country has 1/1 as a holiday. You wouldn't want to get up early anyways.

>_>

So no police, ambulance drivers etc?

wctaiwan said,
It's a feature. Every sane country has 1/1 as a holiday. You wouldn't want to get up early anyways.

>_>


Haha... I've been telling people this all day... they're gonna come out tomorrow and call it 'iHoliday' =)

wctaiwan said,
It's a feature. Every sane country has 1/1 as a holiday. You wouldn't want to get up early anyways.

>_>


Some asian countries dont use it as a holiday.

"Apple has advised users to set recurring alarms to avoid the bug."
Apple just makes me LOL. You are setting it wrong people!

recursive said,
"Apple has advised users to set recurring alarms to avoid the bug."
Apple just makes me LOL. You are setting it wrong people!

Yeah...that has been worn out...stopped being funny out several months ago.

McG said,

Yeah...that has been worn out...stopped being funny out several months ago.

I'm with you. People think they're real funny, I guess.

McG said,

Yeah...that has been worn out...stopped being funny out several months ago.

Actually, it is funny. Funny how when it is written a segment of people have a temper tantrum. Much like when it is called iTouch. And often, the people who say this phrase is not funny, think a problem from years ago - blue screens, "Monkey Boy," and many more are hilarious. The saying "can dish it out..." comes to mind.

recursive said,
"Apple has advised users to set recurring alarms to avoid the bug."
Apple just makes me LOL. You are setting it wrong people!

It's funny because in the past, Steve Jobs blamed the users about the iPhone Signal Loss, telling them "You're holding it wrong."

This created a meme where the theme is, if something went wrong with Apple devices, it's Not Apple's fault, but the fault of the user using the device wrong, in a sarcastic tone that makes a point.

Edited by Simon, Jan 2 2011, 11:55pm : Removed bold tags.

thenonhacker said,

It's funny because...
we all know where this originates from, you don't need bold text to get the message across. The thing is, it still isn't funny.

And I believe he actually said "Just avoid holding it in that way." It was blogs that said "you are holding it wrong" because it made a good headline (source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...on-issues-youre-holding-th/). It was a crap solution, but given at the time they had nothing better to fall back on, his advice was actually probably the best course of action short of taking it back to the store.

Smigit said,
we all know where this originates from, you don't need bold text to get the message across. The thing is, it still isn't funny.

And I believe he actually said "Just avoid holding it in that way." It was blogs that said "you are holding it wrong" because it made a good headline (source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/0...on-issues-youre-holding-th/). It was a crap solution, but given at the time they had nothing better to fall back on, his advice was actually probably the best course of action short of taking it back to the store.


You do realize we all have different senses of humour, What you may find not funny I might find hilarious, Just blatantly saying "Oh its not funny" Is a lie, What you should have said is, "I do not think this is very funny"

danisflying527 said,

You do realize we all have different senses of humour, What you may find not funny I might find hilarious, Just blatantly saying "Oh its not funny" Is a lie, What you should have said is, "I do not think this is very funny"

Dude I thought this was irritating the second day of it spreading across the Internet. Finally everybody reached sanity and stopped doing it saying they were tired of it. You can't just take a joke so known and use it when the majority are so tired of it. It-won't-work...

Also, thenonhacker, it wasn't some inside joke...because it was spread across the entire Internet for a month... You don't need to explain it, we all get it, and hate it.

I'm not going to tell anybody "hey this isn't that funny..." I'm going to tell them "wtf dude that joke was annoying the second day it spread across the Internet...what make you think it's cool now? now that you think your buddy trolls are out with ya? cuz there obviously not..."

McG said,

Yeah...that has been worn out...stopped being funny out several months ago.

Not in this case. It seems Apple is saying that alarms are suppose to be set as recurring. They are not at fault, its the user that is using it wrong.

aftas said,

Not in this case. It seems Apple is saying that alarms are suppose to be set as recurring. They are not at fault, its the user that is using it wrong.
That's not what they're saying at all... they're saying setting a recurring alarm will work as a fix for a bug. Which it does.

danisflying527 said,

You do realize we all have different senses of humour, What you may find not funny I might find hilarious, Just blatantly saying "Oh its not funny" Is a lie, What you should have said is, "I do not think this is very funny"
Sure, but when the same joke is made tens of thousands of time all over the internet it's humor value diminishes, regardless of how good it may or may not have been to begin with. Even someone who found this funny originally should be able to concede that the fact it shows up in almost every Apple story since (and many non apple ones) has rendered the joke no longer funny.

The alarm clock is a standard feature on all smartphones. That's a shame that it happened twice. That's something that should always work with no problems, right?

darklordofthesith said,
The alarm clock is a standard feature on all smartphones. That's a shame that it happened twice. That's something that should always work with no problems, right?

That's the problem with it though. It is so standard that it is boring to program a lazy and over confident programmer will not thoroughly check it for obvious problems. Laziness and over confidence is a bad mix.

OMG - this happened to me this morning !! I thought "man I know I didnt wake up and turn it off then fall back asleep !!" Hooray ! Im not insane ! -- well not today.

Lmao

TEX4S said,
OMG - this happened to me this morning !! I thought "man I know I didnt wake up and turn it off then fall back asleep !!" Hooray ! Im not insane ! -- well not today.