iPhone alarm glitch leaves users fuming

Jan 02, 2011
The bells weren't ringing for many iPhone users this New Year's weekend, when thanks to a glitch the alarms on Apple's iconic mobile phones failed to go off, causing many to oversleep.

The bells weren't ringing for many iPhone users this New Year's weekend, when thanks to a glitch the alarms on Apple's iconic mobile phones failed to go off, causing many to oversleep.

It was the second time in just a few months that the function on the phone failed to activate correctly, prompting an avalanche of complaints on the social networking micro-blog Twitter.

"Dear , why didn't your alarm go off this morning? I set six of them. I've now missed church. Thanks for nothing," said one user Sunday morning.

"Some sort of digital iPhone pandemic is going on. failure reports are pouring in from all sources around the globe," said another Twitter user.

Apple said in a message sent to Macworld magazine that the California-based company was aware of the problem. "We're aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2," spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said.

"Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3."

The problem seemed to be affecting Apple's most recent versions of iPhones and iPods launched in November, but website suggested that it may also have hit earlier versions.

The problem first occured when the clocks went back at the end of October and early November when Australian and British iPhone owners complained of being late for work because their alarms had not switched over to the new time.

Apple did not immediately respond to a query from AFP on Sunday.

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StarDust21
4.4 / 5 (7) Jan 02, 2011
idk why people love buying apple products so much. What are they but their hype investment?
MorituriMax
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 02, 2011
Um, okay, did they bother letting anyone know why alarms weren't working the 1st and 2nd? So we could then be a little more aware of how NOT to set an alarm in the future?

Personally I don't use the alarm in my iphone for waking up, I use a normal alarm clock when I am sleeping at home, it's more likely that I know it will be there and not in the other room in my jacket or on vibrate from turning the ringer off earlier.
FrankHerbert
1.1 / 5 (52) Jan 02, 2011
Um, okay, did they bother letting anyone know why alarms weren't working the 1st and 2nd? So we could then be a little more aware of how NOT to set an alarm in the future?


Don't buy an iPhone.
GaryB
4.3 / 5 (6) Jan 02, 2011
Folks -- this was NOT an iPhone IOS bug! Job's knew y'all would be hung over after New Years and just wanted to let you sleep in a bit.

That kind of attention to detail is why we buy Apple products.
MorituriMax
2 / 5 (4) Jan 02, 2011
Folks -- this was NOT an iPhone IOS bug! Job's knew y'all would be hung over after New Years and just wanted to let you sleep in a bit.

That kind of attention to detail is why we buy Apple products.

So, its not a bug, its an undocumented feature?

FrankHerbert, good one! LOL!
axemaster
3.5 / 5 (2) Jan 02, 2011
Wow what a story.
dan42day
3.7 / 5 (3) Jan 03, 2011
Beware December 21, 2012 when all IPhones will go dead and life as we know it will cease to exist!
Kingsix
5 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2011
Uh Oh Jobs your little shiny toys not so perfect? Oh wait I bet that all phones had the same problem right? Or wait, it must have been user error. Or maybe its because some 3rd party app messed it up?

Android all the way. By the way Android users, Get the app called Waze, great user inputted traffic app.
Paradox
1 / 5 (1) Jan 03, 2011
Um, okay, did they bother letting anyone know why alarms weren't working the 1st and 2nd?


They did. It was in the news.

Besides, only a moron would have depended on it on the 2nd, if it didn't work on the 1st.
tigger
not rated yet Jan 03, 2011
If an Apple product has problem Apple fans go to great lengths to convince each other that it's all part of the fun.

My younger sister explained the equivalent of the "Three finger salute" to me when her iPhone locked up for the fifth time that day... holding down a few buttons to do a forced reset. Back in the day of Microsoft NT and many a blue screen of death we never leaped to Microsofts defense or thought it was a fun feature... we thought it was shit, the operating systems capabilities were brilliant but the blue screen of death was shit and we didn't stand for it. Glad we did, because I can't remember the last time I saw a blue screen of death on any of the servers or desktops I work with.

Yes, it's 'only an alarm'... and frankly I can see the funny side too, but it's the pattern of behaviour where you seem to leap to your beloved leaders support with irrational reverence regardless of the fault... batteries, screens, alarms... apparently it's 'all good' according to you.