iPhone alarm bug still present on January 3rd

Apple seems to have a little problem with its iPhone alarm. First it was DST adjustment that sent things aloof and then January 1st rolls around and the alarm bug makes another appearance. Apple claims that the bug was supposed to be fixed on January 3rd, but the bug is still present.

Neowin has had first hand (read co-workers iPhone 4) experience with the bug still being present. The bug, according to Apple, was supposed to work itself out of the system, but unfortunately it has not. The bug only affects one-time alarms, so repeating alarms will continue to work. This embarrassing bug has cropped up its ugly face yet again, while not as much of an issue as the 'antennagate' fiasco, it is quite annoying.

While it is not known when this bug will finally be patched, hopefully now Apple will probe the issue further to see if there are any future alarm issues. The bug will not cause the phone to explode or bring down the cell network it is running on, but missing a wakeup alarm can be detrimental to your employment.

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Didnt you hear? The iPhone no longer uses a traditional alarm, it transfers thought processes directly into your head telling you to get up at a certain time. It's a problem with your body's hardware not the iPhone's software.

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I must admit, it's a bit funny seeing people QQ over a *PHONE* not waking them up for their appointment/s.

As people have said, invest in an alarm clock, after all, the iPhone is a... phone!

Raa said,
I must admit, it's a bit funny seeing people QQ over a *PHONE* not waking them up for their appointment/s.

As people have said, invest in an alarm clock, after all, the iPhone is a... phone!

Smartphones aren't just phones though, are they?

If an alarm clock is part of the feature set then it's perfectly reasonable to expect the device to act as such. What would be the point in investing in an alarm clock when my phone gets me up just fine every morning? (not an iPhone)

My work alarm was set as a repeating alarm on my 3gs, it failed to sound on january 3rd. I was off that date so I wasn't too upset. However I've decided to use my htc desire as my alarm from now on

My alarm worked fine this morning, but yesterday it didn't. Though, last night, the bug forced me to dig out my old alarm clock which is a good thing.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,
Dont have an iPhone, but figured people would have started using ALARM CLOCKS by now, instead of a cell phone, regardless of brand.

Why? I prefer to use one device for as many things as possible. My phone is my phone, web browser, email client, calendar, alarm clock. There's no point in using individual devices for everything when my phone can do everything.

Steve Jobs is now going to make a news conference and tell everyone that other phones have the this same problem too;)

The Protagonist said,
your all clearly holding the iPhone wrong

They are setting it wrong actually
Whats even funnier is how ticked off the iSheep get when they hear this joke!

Steve is gonna come out on a press conference, say everything is normal, BB and Android devices can have the same problem and at the end ship free roosters to Iphone users just in case...

My alarm worked fine this morning but I did hear from a co-worker that hers didn't.

chisss said,
Steve is gonna come out on a press conference, say everything is normal, BB and Android devices can have the same problem and at the end ship free roosters to Iphone users just in case...

My alarm worked fine this morning but I did hear from a co-worker that hers didn't.

Lol!

chisss said,
Steve is gonna come out on a press conference, say everything is normal, BB and Android devices can have the same problem and at the end ship free roosters to Iphone users just in case...

My alarm worked fine this morning but I did hear from a co-worker that hers didn't.


Free roosters lol!

shaun05 said,
is there a reason they didnt patach it asap?

1. Because they haven't figured it yet. Or, 2. Because issuing a patch would indicate their engineers do not have poop that smells like roses.

shaun05 said,
is there a reason they didnt patach it asap?

Their lazy, but even if they were to make a patch they would probably find a way to make you pay for it.

neufuse wrote
"Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup"

When do most people charge their phones? When they are sleeping. If the power goes out, should you miss work? Or maybe depend on something with a BATTERY to sound your alarm. This is the logic I have used for years and it has not come back to bite me once. I also don't own an Iphone. And to cover the "battery backed up alarm clock", where is the battery indicator on that alarm clock? any idea how charged it is? When did you last change that battery?

Invizibleyez said,
neufuse wrote
"Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup"

When do most people charge their phones? When they are sleeping. If the power goes out, should you miss work? Or maybe depend on something with a BATTERY to sound your alarm. This is the logic I have used for years and it has not come back to bite me once. I also don't own an Iphone. And to cover the "battery backed up alarm clock", where is the battery indicator on that alarm clock? any idea how charged it is? When did you last change that battery?

I don't have an iPhone, but every phone I've bought in my life so far when I plugged it in to charge, it turned off a lot of features... but then I've mainly bought LG, Moto and samsung phones.. but my current one when you plug it in, the alarms are disabled.... so using it as an alarm clock at night doesn't work for me... I assume the iPhone works like the iPod touch where you plug it in, it is still functional, and yeah that would work then.....

but as to charging it at night, most of the people I know charge theirs at work to "save money"..... and not at night... but everyone is different

neufuse said,

I don't have an iPhone, but every phone I've bought in my life so far when I plugged it in to charge, it turned off a lot of features... but then I've mainly bought LG, Moto and samsung phones.. but my current one when you plug it in, the alarms are disabled.... so using it as an alarm clock at night doesn't work for me... I assume the iPhone works like the iPod touch where you plug it in, it is still functional, and yeah that would work then.....

but as to charging it at night, most of the people I know charge theirs at work to "save money"..... and not at night... but everyone is different

Save Money??? How much does it cost them to charge an iPhone?!?

Mine is plugged in most nights, but I don't use it as an alarm clock, as I own an Alarm Clock.

Wow! First daylight saving time messes up recurring alarms, and now this messes up one-shot alarms. Shiesh, Apple! How hard is it to make an alarm for a phone?

Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup

neufuse said,
Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup

Relying on a battery device makes sense actually. I plug my phone in every night on my nightstand, and I use it as my alarm. If the power goes out overnight, my phone likely will last the rest of the night and still wake me in the morning, whereas an alarm clock that either has no battery backup or does not have the battery in it, would fail with little more than a hiccup in the power supply

neufuse said,
Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup

I charge my phone at night

neufuse said,
Once again though, why do people rely on a device that runs on batteries to wake them up? the batteries could die over night and boom you dont wake up on time, I'd rather have an AC powered alarm clock that has a battery backup

My HTC Desire will last roughly 4 days (24 hours = 27% battery drain) with the screen turned off and I charge it every night, so even if the power went out and my charger turned off, my alarm would still work. Hasn't failed me yet.

This is starting to sound like a MS style bug, "its fixed" oh wait no its not "we fixed it now" oh wait it breaks in this local now "we give up, live with it"

Draconian Guppy said,
Man this is non-acceptable... i've owned iphone since 3GS and now the iPhone4. How does a thing like this get past quality control?

If the tester/script creator had to test for every possible alarm time & date scenario and repetitions thereof, the product would never get out of testing. There has to be a line drawn somewhere under what is an acceptable level of testing to allow a product to go into Beta.

spikey_richie said,

If the tester/script creator had to test for every possible alarm time & date scenario and repetitions thereof, the product would never get out of testing. There has to be a line drawn somewhere under what is an acceptable level of testing to allow a product to go into Beta.

I agree, but my $25 dollar nokia, monochrome screen, dumb-ass phone, has never had an issue with alarms. Why should a $200 iPhone have it?

Draconian Guppy said,

I agree, but my $25 dollar nokia, monochrome screen, dumb-ass phone, has never had an issue with alarms. Why should a $200 iPhone have it?

Because the software sitting under the alarm app is a whole hell of a lot more complex on the iPhone than it is on your old Nokia

Sraf said,

Because the software sitting under the alarm app is a whole hell of a lot more complex on the iPhone than it is on your old Nokia

Oh really? It has the EXACT same functions, as a matter of fact, the only spottable diffence is this: COLORS.
Seriously, it has an agenda, can set alarms to repeat, reminders, notes.. etc. Obviously a pain in the ass to use as interface is not as fancy as iOS..

Seriously:
This is my backup phone:
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_1200-1976.php

Announced 2007, May
Status Available

A 3 year old, featureless (hmmm come to think of it, it does have games so no completely featureless ), has an organizer, syncable contacts with outlook and would you know it, alarms that've been working since I bought it.

Good thing I use this PLUS, the iPhone for alarms.

Draconian Guppy said,

Oh really? It has the EXACT same functions, as a matter of fact, the only spottable diffence is this: COLORS.
Seriously, it has an agenda, can set alarms to repeat, reminders, notes.. etc. Obviously a pain in the ass to use as interface is not as fancy as iOS..

Seriously:
This is my backup phone:
http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_1200-1976.php

Announced 2007, May
Status Available

A 3 year old, featureless (hmmm come to think of it, it does have games so no completely featureless ), has an organizer, syncable contacts with outlook and would you know it, alarms that've been working since I bought it.

Good thing I use this PLUS, the iPhone for alarms.

Doesn't matter what functions it has, the iPhone still has a far more complex OS. Hell, it's even more complex than a WP7, though you can bet that WP7 also will have some latent bugs like this.

Sraf said,

Doesn't matter what functions it has, the iPhone still has a far more complex OS. Hell, it's even more complex than a WP7, though you can bet that WP7 also will have some latent bugs like this.

Windows Mobile 6.5 is far more complex than iPhone, and its alarms still worked perfectly fine. Your "OS compexity" argument has no validity.

andrewbares said,

Windows Mobile 6.5 is far more complex than iPhone, and its alarms still worked perfectly fine. Your "OS compexity" argument has no validity.

I don't think he meant that all complex smartphone OSes will have alarm problems, lol. Just that the more complex it is, the higher the chance of something going wrong. In this case, the alarm.

I'm sure 6.5 had some bugs, BTW.

spikey_richie said,

If the tester/script creator had to test for every possible alarm time & date scenario and repetitions thereof, the product would never get out of testing. There has to be a line drawn somewhere under what is an acceptable level of testing to allow a product to go into Beta.

The obvious points to check would be the change of day/month/year/DST though.

00:00 = change of day
01/02/10 (dd/mm/yy) = change of month
01/01/11 (dd/mm/yy) = change of year
..and then when DST changes too.

Any idiot would realise those are the obvious points of testing.

Jmaxku said,
But... but... the IPhone is perfect right?

No Smartphone is perfect. Android has its flaws as well as Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Not defending the iPhone but I am not going to crucify them over it either. But I will make jokes.

UndergroundWire said,

No Smartphone is perfect. Android has its flaws as well as Blackberry and Windows Phone 7. Not defending the iPhone but I am not going to crucify them over it either. But I will make jokes.

I agree 100%. I was just poking fun at the Apple Fanboys who decided to make comments on the Android Text Bug article last week. Comments like, "My iPhone 3GS/4 doesn't have this problem." My best friend loves his iPhone 4 so much, he refuses to admit it has flaws and holds it up in the air when any Android user experiences difficulties. I find this to be true for a lot of Apple users. Ask me about my Nexus One. I can name a number of flaws, but at least I can still weigh my gains against the iPhone and make an intelligent choice as to what platform I want to stick with. Not just because it's Apple, and everything they make is the best.

Jmaxku said,

I agree 100%. I was just poking fun at the Apple Fanboys who decided to make comments on the Android Text Bug article last week. Comments like, "My iPhone 3GS/4 doesn't have this problem." My best friend loves his iPhone 4 so much, he refuses to admit it has flaws and holds it up in the air when any Android user experiences difficulties. I find this to be true for a lot of Apple users. Ask me about my Nexus One. I can name a number of flaws, but at least I can still weigh my gains against the iPhone and make an intelligent choice as to what platform I want to stick with. Not just because it's Apple, and everything they make is the best.

Apple inspires fanboys. I know someone who shows his iPhone every time I meet him and ask me why I don't use Macs. He has too much money, btw.

i had the problem and deleting the alarms seemed to work (ipod touch 2g)
dont know if i can trust it now tho lol

As someone else has mentioned, you have to delete your one-off alarms and recreate them (like you had to with the daylight savings bug). If your using a one-off alarm created before today it still wont work..

DomZ said,
As someone else has mentioned, you have to delete your one-off alarms and recreate them (like you had to with the daylight savings bug). If your using a one-off alarm created before today it still wont work..

I enabled a 1 off alarm that I had set a long time ago and changed it to trigger about 2 minutes later. It worked for me. I think there's more to it than is being reported.

NeoTrunks said,

I enabled a 1 off alarm that I had set a long time ago and changed it to trigger about 2 minutes later. It worked for me. I think there's more to it than is being reported.

Hmm. Maybe because you changed the time the alarm was going off it made it work? Most people have several one-off alarms (covering different times) and enable the one they need the next morning. I know this is what I do and I think it's what has caught people out.

CoderedTr said,
My iphone is working right now

I would say the majority of iPhones are working at this specific time, just the non-recurring alarms aren't

Protip: Never rely on a) 1 Device for an alarm. 2) Electronics for an alarm.

The amount of times i have been late for my old job because an alarm didn't go off is unreal. Classic alarm with the 2 bells on top ftw.

Nicholas-c said,
Protip: Never rely on a) 1 Device for an alarm. 2) Electronics for an alarm.

Classic alarm with the 2 bells on top ftw.

Surely you realize the contradiction in what you type? Unless you are suggesting mechanical *only* alarms, which are a much worse idea.

Nicholas-c said,
Protip: Never rely on a) 1 Device for an alarm. 2) Electronics for an alarm.

The amount of times i have been late for my old job because an alarm didn't go off is unreal. Classic alarm with the 2 bells on top ftw.

Everything fails. If you want to be certain, set more than one alarm device. I would set up to 3 alarm devices (Phone, mp3 player and clock) to sound 5 minutes apart on exam mornings

Kirkburn said,
Surely you realize the contradiction in what you type? Unless you are suggesting mechanical *only* alarms, which are a much worse idea.

You seem to be missing the first part a) 1 Device for an alarm. He is saying don't use only one device, use multiples. eg. 1 Mechanical AND 1 Electronic alarm

ILikeTobacco said,

You seem to be missing the first part a) 1 Device for an alarm. He is saying don't use only one device, use multiples. eg. 1 Mechanical AND 1 Electronic alarm

That

Goldenlotus said,

By your logic the iPhone needs a backup phone for making phone calls also...

Actually that's just by common sense whether its an iPhone or any other phone. Anything that is important enough that not having it causes serious problems in your life should have a backup.

protocol7 said,
My phones (first Nokia and now SE) have never failed me alarm-wise.

I really liked how my older SE phones powered themselves on if they were off to sound the alarm. Too bad the newer Android phones don't do that (yet).

ILikeTobacco said,

Anything that is important enough that not having it causes serious problems in your life should have a backup.

Great saying man lol

ILikeTobacco said,
Anything that is important enough that not having it causes serious problems in your life should have a backup.

Perhaps I should backup my girlfriend too

ut missing a wakeup alarm can be detrimental to your employment.


If you're using your iPhone to get you up for work wouldn't you have it set to repeating alarm anyway rather then a one-off?

evo_spook said,
ut missing a wakeup alarm can be detrimental to your employment.


If you're using your iPhone to get you up for work wouldn't you have it set to repeating alarm anyway rather then a one-off?

In my old job i could be starting at 6am one morning then starting 1pm the next day working through to midnight at times. Having a recurring alarm wouldn't have worked at all