iPhone Users Suffer From Alarm Glitch

iPhone owners lit up the Internet on New Year’s Day, fuming on Twitter and across blogs over the latest glitch in their beloved handhelds, as the device’s one-time alarms failed to go off.

At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2011, the iPhone’s one-time alarm – but not the recurring alarm – ceased to work, according to technology news blog EnGadget . The glitch seemed to be affecting iPhones operation on iOS 4.0.2, iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2.1.

Apple responded to EnGadget’s post about the glitch, offering a temporary fix to the issue and reassuring customers that the problem will be fixed soon.

The issue is related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3. Fortunately for some, the glitch came on New Year’s Day, a national holiday which this year also fell on a Saturday.

The issue is similar to a glitch on the iPhone in November of 2010 amongst European iPhone owners, whose alarms went off an hour late after daylight savings time. Similarly, in early October 2010, a bug affected Australian and New Zealand iPhone owners, whose alarms went off an hour early.

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