I am tired and I am grumpy. And it’s my iPhone’s fault! Yes, folks, as if losing an hour’s sleep due to daylight savings isn’t bad enough, how about losing another hour just for good measure? It seems that Apple have borked something with the alarm clock and despite the clock on my iPhone being correctly set, the alarm I had scheduled for 5:55am went off at 4:55am this morning, which is basically 3:55am until my body clock adjusts. Unfortunately my tired brain didn’t spot the critical flaw in the Matrix and now I’m seriously hacked off. But the plot thickens upon further investigation…
At first I thought that there must be a system-wide issue causing all alarms to go off an hour early, so to test the theory at 5:42am this morning I set an alarm for 6:43am expecting it to go off an hour early. 5:43am came and went with no alarm. I then set an alarm for 5:45am and it went off at the right time!
To be completely thorough I then tried the same setup again but this time with it set to repeat daily. This time, the alarm did go off an hour earlier than it was set for. So it seems we can narrow this issue down to repeating alarms only. But for how long? Forever? Until the US comes out of daylight savings? Until iOS 4.2? Until iOS 5?!
In the four years that I have been using an iOS device as an alarm clock, this is the first time that I have seen this happen. Since it happened immediately after daylight savings I can only guess that this somehow involves timezones and Apple’s somewhat flippant attitude to how not getting them right affects users outside of the United States. For example, the issue where birthdays entered into contacts appear one day late is well known and has remained unfixed since what seems like the dawn of time.
But then that doesn’t explain why it would only affect repeating alarms, so now I am thoroughly confused. I don’t know if my alarm will go off at the right time tomorrow and I don’t know if I will, in my sleep-induced haze, forget to double-check the time when it goes off tomorrow morning and wake up an hour early yet again, thus falling into a nightmarish unbreakable cycle that slowly eats away at what little of my sanity remains!
If you’re thinking “user error” (you cynic!) think again. After I tweeted my annoyance this morning and asked if anybody else had been caught out, I was flooded with replies from others who had also been affected:
And if you’re still not convinced or believe in mass stupidity, here’s a quick video we threw together showing a recurring alarm set for 8:53am going off at 7:53am:
If anyone knows any more about this than we do (such as how to fix it!) go ahead and share in the comments. Also, let us know if this has affected anybody using an iPod touch, iPad, or any device running iOS 3.x.x.
If this does continue then I would suggest everybody submit feedback to Apple.
Now, where’s the coffee…?