The iPhone Daylight Savings Time alarm bug and how to fix it
Do you rely on your iPhone or iPod touch to wake up in the morning? Unless you want to wake up an hour late this coming Monday morning, listen up.
The iPhone Daylight Savings Time Alarm Clock Bug
You may have heard of the iPhone DST bug by now, but if you haven’t here’s the gist of it: your iPhone alarm clock will be an hour late this coming Monday, November 8th, due to a bug in the alarm clock application.
Basically the alarm clock app doesn’t recognize the DST time change, and will alert an hour later than scheduled. The bug has already affected iPhone owners in Europe and Australia, and now iPhone users in the USA will wake up an hour later than usual if they don’t take the precautions necessary.
Temporary Fix iPhone DST Alarm Clock Bug
Create a new, one time only alarm alert, specifically for Monday morning.
Believe it or not, that’s the fix that Apple has suggested. Apparently the bug only affects repeating alarms, so creating a new one-time only alarm for Monday morning is enough to resolve the issue for that day. After Monday, you can go back to using a repeat alarm as usual.
Permanent Fix in iOS 4.2
Of note is the upcoming iOS 4.2 release resolves the bug completely, but the update has not been made available to the public yet. Rumor is that Apple is waiting for more iOS 4.2 compatible apps to be accepted into the App Store before releasing the update to the public, although developers can download iOS 4.2 GM now. Earlier in the year Apple specified an iOS 4.2 release date of November, and the update is still expected to arrive later in the month.