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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 …

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Only effects first day on gmt?

Mine was an hour late on sunday - thankfully my android woke me up :)

But today was fine, I did select different alarms last night though as I had to get up earlier on Sunday than today (sucks don't it), maybe it only updates the internal 'real time' when the alarm is set.

As such to fix, untick alarm, retick alarm - job done!

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WTF?

Grrrrrr!!!!

It may seem like a minor thing but i almost missed a flight this morning because of it....... kinda makes you not trust it when you go to bed ......

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My Android phone woke me up...

or the bloody thing would have done if I could get the alarm loud enough to actually wake me...

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Am I an idiot

Surely the alarm was an hour early, not an hour late?

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That's

That's what I'd have thought

Clocks went back an hour, so if your clock was set to go off at 8am it would go off at 7am.

So... how does this bug work? Think we need a better explenation.

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Jobs Horns

Crazy, Isn't it.

Nope, you're not an idiot, this really is as crazy as it sounds. I had two weekday recurring alarms set for 07:00 and 07:30, and they rang today at 08:00 and 08:30.

I wonder if Apple will get the fix out before next weekend when the US changes DST ???

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No, the reports are correct

The alarms set for X go off at X+1 hours, i.e. a 9am alarm will go off at 10am GMT. It is rather puzzling since the timezone shift would make you assume the reverse.

It is rather annoying... as one of the commenters said, he nearly missed a flight, and I WAS late for work because of it. That is not particularly acceptable when more and more people rely on their smartphone to remain in touch and manage their lives (including the time they wake up).

The Apple forums point out that deleting the recurring alarm and recreating it does not fix the problem.

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lol

it's truely messed up, I watched it on my bosses phone, the times show up correctly but they go off an hour late, how did that ever get past any kind of testing?

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Jobs Horns

Actually it makes sense

If you had an alarm set to go off at 07:00 BST, then perhaps that was stored relative to GMT, i.e. 07:00 GMT +1 hour. When the clocks go back to GMT, the system time changes correctly, but the alarm time is still stored as 07:00 GMT +1 which is now 08:00.

Only conjecture, but it seems to explain why the alarm is 1 hour late. Why they can't just store the alarm time based exactly on the current system time goodness only knows.

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Jobs Horns

Help

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 :(

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Please help a dumb iPhone user

Simple. You are /still/ cleverer than it is.

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i think its because..the clocks go back not forward...

If you had an alarm set for 7am, then it used to go off at 7am....

you put your clock back an hour (which the alarm ignores) and it becomes 6am.

24 hours later at 6am (now called 7am) you expect your alarm to go off, but it doesnt, it goes off 1 hour later 7am (now called 8am), because it didnt get turned back.

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No

If the phone failed to put the clock back an hour, you'd actually be woken up an hour EARLIER than you intended. Seriously, in the rush to bash on Apple, did no-one catch this glaring inconsistency?

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That's the point!

the clock setting DID go back the extra hour but the ALARM didnt! so my clock said 05:55 but my alarm didnt go off until 06:55.

it would appear that simply reading the time on the iPhone and then triggering the alarm when: desired alarm time = phone clock time is much to simple for apple programmers!

Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone but sometimes, just sometimes I do feel like a bit of a dick for having one when a monumental fail of these proportions is announced :-)

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No issue with my 3G

This morning's alarms and reminders went off on schedule. I wonder if it's because I haven't updated to iOS 4 yet?

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iPhone alarm

Mine worked fine.

Not a problem here in Ireland.

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At least....

.. my Symbian powered phone works properly, no problems with repeat alarms not going off at the right time, daylight saving clock adjustments or volume of alarm.

Symbian is still > than iOS

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Mine too

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...

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Not so..

Got me and I'm in Ireland... this morning, I was rudely awaken an hour late - but not yesterday for some reason.

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Bit rubbish!

My old mobile from 2006 automatically adjusted the time overnight and managed to wake me up at 7am GMT on Sunday. I did not have to do anything. It's not a smartphone, it does have Java ME. How much did I pay for this phone? Just 40 quid.

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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...

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My Android worked

But that's the usual story here. The HTC phones are so much better than the iOS crap,

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Interesting, my Samsung Android went off an hour early on Monday

I can only assume that a clever programmer decided that the alarm code should put the alarm times back an hour at the time change, but did so relative to the clock after it had gone back, or something.

Easily fixed by unticking and then re-ticking the alarm, but at 5am on Monday I wasn't hugely pleased by this....

GJC

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Yep mine too

Galaxy S woke me up at 5am instead of 6. Samsung have replaced the alarm app though, and from other reports it seems it's not an Android problem.

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How difficult is it?

I mean the clock on my phone set itself automatically to the correct time, so I assume the recurring alarm doesnt take it's current time from the clock on the phone!

Why make things so complicated?

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Simple?

That's a "simple" solution is it? - to redo all the alarms over. Perhaps we should be a little more annoyed that Apple can't even manage to get an alarm clock to work correctly...

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Errr no.

Two iPhones in the house.

Both switched time properly and alarms function as normal. I call BS

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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...

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Call it what you want...

But both my wife and my alarms went off an hour late yesterday morning and this morning.

And yes, we do have our alarms set at a stupidly early time on a Sunday morning rather than spending the day lazing about in bed drinking coffee and reading the paper.

sigh

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Which Version?

see title, read the article.

fail for you.

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Rob
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Bugged software

I think my Small Child software is bugged as I can't get it to reset it's time to Daylight Saving Mode, the alarm function seems to shut up once I start putting porridge in it though, guess I'll just have to wait until the automatic upgrade gets it to v2.10, stuck on v0.15 at the moment.

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Weekend!

Gotta be up for playing with the wee ones :)

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Jobs Horns

no title required

"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."

They will, and they will cover it up and deny there ever was a problem.

Maybe they're setting them wrong?

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2hrs difference....

When the clock updates +1 it automatically moves the alarms +1hr also hence +2hrs from the old time...

Something to do with the internal clock running UTC and the interface clock running with a timezone.. and the alarms originally being set in UTC (needing the +1) and now running from the timezone clock (not needing the +1)...

Its what testing is for...

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Happy

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.

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We seem to have managed the daughter reset

...by having ours run around like a maniac all day Saturday dressed as a witch. Had to go and wake her up on Sunday even with the extra hour. I heartily recommend it if you have the stamina to keep up.

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not just Apple

Same thing happened with my Gigaset VOIP cordless phones, alarm set for 10am went off at 11.

Still, I needed the extra hour after beer festivaling all day Saturday ;)

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Not the first time, either

This happened last month in Australia and New Zealand. Apple promised a fix. Where the hell is it? This isn't exactly rocket science / brain surgery.

Fortunately, I use a bedside alarm clock radio, so no problem for me.

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WTF?

Even Windows gets this right.

Really pathetic. It's something fairly high on the minds of Americans since they recently decreed summer would be extended.

All North Americans get really good at time zones as it affects TV schedules ... show is on at 7pm Eastern and 6pm Central. In the West i's different ... showing at 7pm, 8pm Mountain.

USA, Canada, northern Mexico’s border cities

DST Begins 2 a.m. (Second Sunday in March)

DST Ends 2 a.m. (First Sunday in November)

European Union

DST Begins 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in March)

DST Ends 1 a.m. UTC=GMT (Last Sunday in October)

In winter Canada has 6 time zones, in summer 7 - Saskatchewan doesn't do Daylight Savings.

Funny thing is, for all it's other faults Windows always got time right. Just shows how parochial Jobs really is.

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Yes, Windows always got this right.

Except when it doesn't.

Patches for DST in 2000, 2007 and (oh look!) 2010.

This stuff *should* be easy, but countries keep changing when they switch clocks and it ends up being stupidly complex, so it's easy to make mistakes.

A quick Google turns up patches for pretty much all versions of Windows, Mac OS, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and umpteen flavours of UNIX.

Time to get back under that bridge.

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Wow, way to fail inelegantly.

On first read I thought that it must mean the alarms went off an hour early which, while a little annoying, should at least not make you late and is "what is expected" from the days of more dumb devices (am I the only person who has an actual alarm clock, rather than relying on my phone?).

This, on the other hand is a pretty inelegant, and potentially costly to the owner, fail -- though not as bad as the device (which I cannot recall) which just crashed when the clocks changed or the old Windows devices I've had which would fail to wake from hibernation randomly.

In conclusion -- just buy a couple of cheap alarms, one mains and one battery, if you really want to ensure you wake in time.

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FAIL

Icon says it all

qwertyuiop

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Hmph

Alarm set for 7, woke up at 20 past, thinking I must have just zombie'd my alarm into submission earlier. Went off in my hand at 8, got cross, still in work 10 minutes early.

I don't know why I don't have a proper alarm clock, I've learned not to trust iPhones as alarms when my 3G had the intermittent locking-up bug that 3.1(?) introduced a year or so ago. If it locked up during the night (which it did) you were screwed.

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Simples

It's no big deal. Buy a real alarm clock.

Sent from my iPhone.

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Timezone bug

I'll tell you another problem, you enter a calendar entry, such as a return flight, change time zones, and the time doesn't change, it remains on the time for the country it was set in. Very disappointing, and not a bit amateurish.

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bit sh*t really

no such problem with my Android-powered phone - whose testing iOS for Apple? bit naff.

anyway, both Android and iOS devices fail in comparison to the Nokia Symbian phones

which can be switches off and still the alarm operates - perfect and fantastic for either away trips when battery power iw low...or for having phone as alarm but not wanting to be woken by calls, txts, social media updates. its a pity that Android phones and iOS phones havent got this (or licenced this from Nokia)

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Grumble

I got awoken just before 5AM by the taxi driver knocking on the door as he didn't see any lights on in the house. A few minutes later my '4AM' alarm went off.

I was absolutely livid, I just managed to get to the airport for my flight with only a few minutes to spare.

I'm amazed something so trivial can go so wrong.

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Fix doesn't work on recurring alarms

No matter what you do, it appears (on iOS4.1 at least) that recurring alarms always go off at the wrong time (re-entering only fixes normal none-recurring alarms).

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recurring works - recurring 5 days dosen't

I've tried the article's workaround but it doesn't fix the problem. recurring alarms that aren't recurring everyday fail. Recurring everyday works.

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