As most of Australia came off daylight savings time yesterday, there were very few reported iPhone alarm clock issues for people using the latest iOS 4.3.1, but even so, I'm not happy with the update.
Last year iOS seemed unable to cope with the concept of daylight savings time, leaving users with alarm clocks that either failed to go off or went off at the wrong time. Thank goodness Apple seems to have finally fixed the glitch in the latest release of iOS. In fact, apart from Vodafone customers being left without connection yesterday morning and users on older versions of iOS suffering the alarm glitch woes, there have been very few reports of troubles.
However, getting one thing right doesn't make a great update. There are a number of reports surfacing on Apple blogs and forums suggesting that the update for iOS 4.3.1 has caused iPads and iPhones across the world to brick.
In the ZDNet Australia office, the install of the update on iPhone 3GS and iPad 2 devices froze at the last moment and required a complete blanket reset of the device to default settings.
Since then, a number of the apps have crashed or frozen upon loading and when new apps are downloaded, they often freeze at the final moments of installation, requiring a soft reset in order to complete.
It's unclear why iOS 4.3.1 was rushed out so quickly after iOS 4.3. Apple said on the release last month that it would address graphics glitches, difficulty with connecting to some cellular networks and authentication issues with some enterprise applications.
One possibility is that the 25 March date of release was timed to coincide with the release of the iPad 2 in 25 countries outside of the United States and designed to counter the jailbreak released for iOS 4.3, which seems rather redundant given it took less than a week for a new jailbreak to surface.
Apple is about as transparent as cement, so we'll never know the true reason. Suffice to say, I hope Apple releases a more stable update soon because iOS 4.3.1 really doesn't "just work".