Daylight Savings Bug Causes IPhone Alarm Problems

Posted: Nov 1 2010, 8:30am CDT | by , Updated: Nov 1 2010, 8:56am CDT, in News | Apple

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How would your boss react if your excuse for being late was that your iPhone had a bug that caused the alarm to go off an hour later than usual? That's what thousands of European users are dealing with this week as a glitch in the iOS software is causing all sorts of headaches.

There's a problem with the way Daylight Savings Time is incorporated into the iPhone software for some parts of the world. In Australia and New Zealand, any alarms set on the device were going off an hour early. That's a bit of an annoyance, but at least it's better than the alarms going off an hour late...which is exactly what is now happening in Europe.

Apple hasn't released any official statement on the DST bug, but media reports seem to think the company relied on highly outdated protocols for these countries as to when their Daylight Savings Times went into effect. For example, in the New Zealand case it appeared as though the iPhone was operating under the 2007 system for DST, but it has since been changed.

For now, iPhone users are going to need to have some sort of back-up alarm. Perhaps if people in Cupertino started showing up to Apple HQ late en masse, and blamed a faulty iPhone clock for it, the company would be a bit swifter to respond. Update: According to Engadget you just need to remove and add the alarm to make it work correctly. Also helpful to deal with the mess Day Light Saving Time is creating world-wide is this new iPhone App.


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