iPhone alarm bug: now it's the UK's turn
My phone forgot to wake me up
Reports from UK readers have been flooding in - OK trickling in - that their iPhone alarms woke them up an hour late today. In other words their phones ignored the switchover to GMT on the early hours of Sunday morning.
Oh well - that's another hour to shake off the Halloween booze.
This alarm quirk lies in the iPhone calendar and recurring alarms, rather than the system clock, and surfaced last month when Australia and New Zealand switched to daylight savings.
Users can fix their alarms simply enough, by going to Time|Date, turning "Set Automatically" OFF, wiping recurring alarms and re-entering their alarms.
A bit of pain, but something you only have to to do twice a year… unless of course, Apple gets its act together before the end of March, when Northern Hemisphere moves once again to summer time. We think it will.
There is a discussion about the iOS4 Alarm Clock on Apple forums.
Call what you want...
But 3GS running v.4.1 was an hour late this morning. It just was. If you don't believe me, fine, but you're wrong. Fortunately I also have a Small Child (running v. 2.10) who is still on BST, so I was up and about anyway...
Pleased for you...
That's great, but it's also the mistake that is always made when talking about this sort of thing. If you don't want a convergent device, that's great. Good for you. i do, though, and, for me, the iPhone is the best one (currently). Not a fanboy - had a Motorola A780 (early smartphone with GPS) and 2x HTC's running Windows mob before this, and loved them all (despite none being perfect). Android was in infancy when I bought my iPhone, so wasn't a real option. The latest HTC's are doing good things, so next time out will be a real decision again.
You don't want any of the features of a smartphone. Fine. I do, and I'm prepared to accept the odd OS bug that inevitably goes with it...
I reset my alarm...
And it still failed to go off this morning!
I knew of the bug, so I changed the time by a few minutes of my wake up alarm. Still bloody failed.
Luckly my daughter is still on BST and woke up for her 8:30am feed at 7:30... so was only running 30 minutes late.
Now how to reset my daughter to GMT... Tricky.
Yeah, this happened to me, I'm an hour late into work, ha ha, silly iPhone sheep, blah blah blah.
What I can't get my head round though: If the alarms failed to update with the clock going forward an hour, why didn't it wake me up an hour EARLY, not an hour LATE?
Please help a dumb iPhone user :(
In fact, when i set the alarm on saturday night for 10 AM on Sunday morning, it actually flashed up a message saying "Alarm will sound at 10 am after adjustment for DST".
A nice touch from S60 there...