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Australian iPhone users have been having some early starts recently as their handsets have failed to adjust repeated alarms to allow for daylight saving - if they've gone off at all.

We're indebted to the Sydney Morning Herald, and reader Adrian Esdaile, for alerting us to this latest iOS bug, which isn't limited to the iPhone. Anyone depending on an iOS device to wake them is suffering from the same problem, which persists in sounding repeating alarms without regard for daylight saving, despite updating the system time correctly.

It'a not the first time Apple has struggled with the shift of an hour. Earlier this year iPhone users found their handsets unable to cope with the start of the summer, though that time they could always blame Microsoft for the synchronisation problem.

The latest bug is just on the handset, so clearly Apple's problem. It only affects repeated alarms, so one can set an alarm each night and expect to be woken at the right time, and one can always set a repeating alarm with a one-hour offset to allow for the peculiarities of the operating system - but it's not ideal.

Australia isn't the only country running an hour out thanks to Apple - it seems that New Zealand Apple fans have been waking up an hour early for a week now, and learnt to cope with it while expecting a fix before the US switches off daylight saving on 7 November.

Once Americans start getting inconvenienced Apple will no doubt take action, but until then don't expect anyone in the southern hemisphere to turn up on time for a regular appointment, unless they're still wearing a wristwatch. ®

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