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An iOS 6 bug that added an extra instance of 3:00AM and 3:00PM to Australians' iDevices seems not to be something users in other nations need to worry about. The bug in question, first spotted by an an alert Gizmodo Australia reader, saw iDevices running iOS6 decide that 3:00AM happened twice on October 7th. That day is notable …

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Coat

photoshop alert

snot a photo of a real phone. Obvious really, no one in the real world uses voda-fail.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: photoshop alert

init star fail lol

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Anonymous Coward

Re: photoshop alert

Yeah right, if it did happen it would be a carrier fault as that is where the phone gets its time from and not from the phone itself.

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Re: photoshop alert

"Yeah right, if it did happen it would be a carrier fault as that is where the phone gets its time from and not from the phone itself."

Umm no, re-read the article. It's not saying 3am happened twice, just that it was shown twice when setting an alarm. It is technically correct as 2am does become 3am when the clocks change. I think this is more a case of a nice UI idea implemented badly. What they meant to do was not show 2am rather than 3am twice.

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"Yeah right, if it did happen it would be a carrier fault as that is where the phone gets its time from and not from the phone itself."

No it would be a software fault with the device*. The network would probably provide the time in UTC and the device then accommodates for the time zone offset and any day light saving issues in effect.

Interestingly, time and date are notoriously difficult to get right as there are so many oddities to deal with (like Easter, temporary implementations of DST, and countries moving time zones). Thankfully there are number of *very* good libraries that have been refined over the years to deal with this for you. Woe betide the unlucky soul who tries to reinvent that wheel.

* As someone below has pointed out, it would appear to just be a fault with displaying a pick list of numbers when the range spans an implementation of daylight saving. Just a little bit of a UI implementation mistake. I wonder how it handles the clocks going back?

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@Bakunin

+1 for "time and date are notoriously difficult to get right".

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Re: photoshop alert

>snot a photo of a real phone

But it's green!

(Or should we say purple?)

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Devil

DEATH TO THOSE WHO CRITICISE APPLE!

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Patent 34563285-4

Relating to a method of buggering up a daylight saving change in displayed time - on a mobile device.

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Coat

Re: Patent 34563285-4

But there's Prior Art!!!

Oh... that was Apple as well...

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Again

How many alarm/time zone issues have Apple had? Almost every other iOS release has this issue. Why does Apple continue to keep making changes to it. They fuck it up, fix it and then will only fuck it up again. Learn from your past mistakes Apple.

Maybe the users in Australia could use Apple Maps to find the nearest Apple store.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/23/ios_6_maps_get_apple_store_sydney_location_wrong/

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Re: Again

This would appear to be only a problem with that one widget, so it's a highly localised display bug. Given that the previous screw ups have been system wide issues related to comprehension of daylight savings transition days, this does technically count as an improvement...

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Trollface

Time

Apple: You're not doing it right!

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Anonymous Coward

Overrated buggy software

Apple have a patent on that, despite there being prior art.

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Android did it right...

I set an 8AM alarm on my phone (S3) just after midnight on the night before daylight savings kicked in. Not only did the alarm go off as planned, but ICS was even smart enough, when setting the alarm, to indicate that it was set for '6 hours and 54 minutes from now', correctly accounting for the missing hour.

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I wonder if the new iPad clock app has similar problems

Now there's an app for which the term 'shit UI' was invented for.

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FAIL

Testing

We've heard of it.

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WTF?

Spring forward?

I thought the clocks spring forward in, well, the spring.

And fall back in the, well, autumn.

Am I wrong? Do they spring forward in the "fall" and fall back in the spring?

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Re: Spring forward?

Just consider what season it currently is in Australia ...

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Re: Spring forward?

It is spring in Australia at the moment.

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Re: Spring forward?

What's a "Fall"?

We have 4 seasons in southern Australia; Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring

In the north they have two; hot and dry then hot and wet

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FAIL

Re: Spring forward?

Fall Fail.

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Coat

Alarming

It is alarming that Apple have this bug included free in each release.

Mines the one with the sun dial attached to a cockerel in the pocket.

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asked our San Francisco office

You couldn't have just changed your time zone?

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FAIL

Really Apple, how hard

is it to get a basic alarm clock working. It's been broken in one way or another in every iOS release for the last 4 years.

I'm guessing hipster functionality is far more important than maps and clocks....

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CMT

Obviously, the solution would be to establish one standard time zone, with the Prime Meridian passing through Cupertino.

If you want to use a legacy time zone, there will be apps for that.

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Pretty inconsequential ui bug really, although why it wasnt picked up in testing is anyones guess.

Seems like Apple have a pretty cavalier approach to field testing and polishing these days.

`Just works` eh?

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FAIL

Field testing?

Surely it doens't take actual user testing out in the field to pick up a bug in a DST routine... Developers writing the dang code would have been able to see this one if they'd done suitable basic testing of their DST detection code.

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Don't Criticise

Working on integrating moronic FacePuke into the OS is a much better use of Apple's iOS developers' time than idle fripperies such as having a clock, or text selection/copy/paste that actually works properly.

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