Apple plans iPhone daylight savings patch

Apple plans iPhone daylight savings patch

Summary: Apple plans to fix a daylight savings bug in its alarm clock application for iPhones that causes recurring alarms to go off an hour early.

TOPICS: Apple, iPhone

Apple plans to fix a daylight savings bug in its alarm clock application for iPhones that causes recurring alarms to go off an hour early.

The bug was first discovered on Sunday morning after daylight savings kicked in for New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Unless otherwise configured, most iPhones automatically adjusted to daylight savings and moved an hour forward. However, due to a glitch in the iPhone's alarm clock application, any recurring alarms set to go off on multiple days, such as a weekday alarm, would go off an hour earlier than the time set.

The only way to avoid the problem is to set the alarm every night, or to change the recurring alarm to one hour after the wake up time.

Apple Australia told ZDNet Australia that a solution to the bug was already in the pipeline.

"We're aware of this issue and already developed a fix which will be available to customers in an upcoming software update," Apple said.

Topics: Apple, iPhone


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  • The problem is, it's going to be a 380Mb update that will only fix one tiny function of the device. Joy.
  • I had the same thoughts, BernieTB. It's a shame that they can't somehow treat it just like the 3rd party vendor app updates you apply through the app store.

    - Josh Taylor
    Josh Taylor
  • you should just download a reliable third party app instead. this one is sure to wake you up on time in the morning (and actually keep you awake)... it's made by
  • Actually - it was "first discovered" a week earlier in NZ and the bad news is we'll all have to wait until November for OS4.2
  • i would be tempted to wait for end of this month anyway.. UK changes their clocks and im wondering if there is any basis of it working on GMT ? another thing i did to fix was deselect the auto date update in general settings, delete the alarm and reset. works fine now. anything to not have to do another stupid apple update.
  • Simple solution, set your time manually for a country such as Russia that is in the same time zone as Australia Eastern Daylight Savings Time, it works a treat :)
  • Yup, asme thing worked for me. Although just going in and editing and resaving the alarm was enough.
  • Apple is quite unreliable in my opinion and I suggest that people adopt a Nokia or microsoft phone to avoid this problem
  • I reckon! I use Nokia nearly 10 year , it still work no matter I accidentally dropped it many time. Not broken like iBroke (Apple iPhone)