Apple iOS 4.2 due next week with alarm fix

Darren Allan

November 3, 2010

Rumour has it that Apple will be pushing out an updated version of iOS next week.

And iOS 4.2 will fix the bug that hit the UK on Monday, when the iPhone clock went back an hour at the weekend, but recurring alarms went wrong, making some people late for work.

Apple told the Telegraph: “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. We suggest customers set non-repeating alarms for now, and reset after November 7 to resolve the issue.”

The US has still got all this to come, with their clocks going back this coming weekend. Yet given the hoo-hah over this issue since Monday, iPhone owners over there may have already got wind of it.

There is a way to solve the bug yourself, but it involves a bit of messing around. The Register Hardware advised that the problem can be solved by going to Time-Date, then turning Set Automatically off, followed by deleting any recurring alarms, and then re-entering all your alarms.

Alternatively, you could just set all your alarms an hour earlier, and try to remember to set them forward again when the fix emerges. Either that, or fish your trusty old digital alarm clock cube out of the attic…


Comments in chronological order (4 comments)

  1. Love Tea says:

    I got caught out by this and sleep in for work 2 hours but luckily so did the Managing Director so I didn’t have to come up with any excuses!

  2. steve w says:

    I hope the fix also fixes the proximity sensor problem when on a call too, as it’s starting to really bug me!!!!Apple sort it out

  3. Paul says:

    This issue has hit my IPhone too, and I am in the United States. It is not dependent on when a country changes of DST. Very irritating. What I do right now is simply use the timer function and disable the clock alarm, otherwise it wakes me up 1 hour early even though it is set for the correct time.

  4. shadow says:

    bit late now no?

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