Apple iOS 4.2 software update will fix alarm bug
A forthcoming update to the iPhone operating system will fix a bug that has caused alarms to go off an hour later than intended.
Apple has confirming that the forthcoming iOS 4.2 software update will fix a bug in the iPhone’s operating system that has wreaked havoc with its alarm clock function following the move to Daylight Saving Time across Europe.
iPhone users have complained that alarms have been going off an hour later than intended since the clocks went back at the weekend.
It seems that although the iPhone automatically adjusted its inbuilt clock to reflect the return to GMT, recurring alarms, used by many people throughout the week to get them up for work in the morning, are affected by a software bug that causes them to go off exactly an hour after the intended time.
"We're aware of an issue related to daylight-saving time and repeating alarms and will deliver a fix with the iOS 4.2 software update this month,” said Apple in a statement.
“We suggest customers set non-repeating alarms for now, and reset after November 7 to resolve the issue."
US iPhone users are also expected to fall victim to the bug when their clocks change this weekend. Those in Australia and New Zealand were also affected by the same problem last month when their clocks changed.
Another temporary solution suggested by some iPhone users is to switch off automatic time zone adjustment on the iPhone, and set the date and time manually instead.
Recurring alarms still need to be deleted then reset, but some users report that this workaround has resolved the problem.
The iOS 4.2 software update is widely expected to be released next week, although it is unlikely to be available before the clocks change in the United States.