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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:49 PM   #1
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iPhone Clock Bug Prevents Alarm Triggers after New Year's






Macworld summarizes findings first reported by Engadget. Apparently a bug in the iPhone clock app prevents non-recurring alarms from properly triggering on New Years day.
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I was able to confirm this after a couple of false starts. For the bug to show itself, your iOS device must actually tick over from 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2010 to 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2011.
The work around for now is to set up the alarm as a recurring event. 9to5Mac claims that the problem corrects itself after January 3rd. In the meanwhile, be aware if you use your iPhone as your alarm clock.

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:54 PM   #2
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Did Apple lay off everyone in the QA (Quality Assurance) group?

It seems so....

Maybe you could give them a pass for messing up daylight savings time - but surely someone at Apple should have known that 1 January was coming!
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Wow! That was close; I would've been late for work tomorrow 0_o

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:00 PM   #4
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Test cases. Boundary conditions.

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:02 PM   #5
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:03 PM   #6
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It's difficult to understand how a company as large as Apple, with all their test resources, can release software with such a non-subtle defect. It's even more difficult to understand why they have not patched this by now.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:04 PM   #7
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Perhaps if Apple did a little less patrolling of apps for small infractions (Eg using volume buttons to take pictures) and more testing of the OS, then they might not have lost the mobile space to Android.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:08 PM   #8
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Perhaps if Apple did a little less patrolling of apps for small infractions (Eg using volume buttons to take pictures) and more testing of the OS, then they might not have lost the mobile space to Android.
First ... Huh?

Second... I'd rather miss an alarm then have my sms messages sent to the wrong person. http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/31/a...tll-get-you-f/

No platform is perfect. Bugs exist. Deal with it.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:11 PM   #9
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No platform is perfect. Bugs exist. Deal with it.
Yes - but some scenarios can be predicted (for example, 31 December year X changing to 1 January year X+1).

It's pretty sloppy engineering to make bugs like that, and inexcusable QA to ship it with the bug.

Somewhere I saw a JPEG with a picture of a tombstone with "It just works" chiseled into it....
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:12 PM   #10
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The Y2K11 bug!

Here's to hoping they can have the problem fixed before 2012.

Having one major clock bug in this day and age is sloppy. Having two is simply unimaginably negligent. Come on, Apple, you're doing so well overall on the big picture, but you have to catch the basic things like this to avoid frustration from your users and ridicule from the tech world and the press.

What might save them from complete embarrassment might be that this hopefully won't affect a lot of people: a lot fewer people have to work on New Year's Day than did the Sunday for the daylight savings/standard time bug. Media outlets aren't going to be doing much real reporting tonight or tomorrow, so this will probably just get buried.

(Kudos to Macrumors btw for posting this on New Year's Eve night; that's dedication.)

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:17 PM   #11
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It's true, I set the alarm to 8:15 in the morning to review my notes for next week exam, but the alarm didn't work and I continued to sleep until 11:00, Arghhhhhhhhh,

Can I call AAPL for some cash refund?
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Yes - but some scenarios can be predicted (for example, 31 December year X changing to 1 January year X+1).

It's pretty sloppy engineering to make bugs like that, and inexcusable QA to ship it with the bug.

Somewhere I saw a JPEG with a picture of a tombstone with "It just works" chiseled into it....
Yeah, I'll admit its a pretty lame bug, one that should have easily been found (or not introduced at all). I realized I probably shouldn't have included that last line of my comment after I sent it. I was more trying to question the previous posters suggestion of android vs ios ..
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Apples new year resolution should be to fix the all alarm bugs once and for all.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:34 PM   #14
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I was late for an appointment because of this. Now I know why.

Both me and my g/f has iPhone. And we both set an alarm 'just to be safe'. And both of them didn't go off.
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Whoever wrote Clock.app just got fired.
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How many alarm related bugs are we gonna have get passed QA before Apple gets wise and gets a grip on the situation?
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Close call averted, now I can set it for 11:59, then get up, wait for it to get to 00:01, and then set my alarm.

Im assuming this will work?
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I don't use recurring alarms. I hope people don't have problems getting up.
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I don't use recurring alarms. I hope people don't have problems getting up.
the problem affects non-recurring alarms this time.
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Whoops. Must have read that wrong.
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Well that's embarrassing.
Not as much as Google Android 9 month old SMS texting bug.
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Not as much as Google Android 9 month old SMS texting bug.
So, Android is as good as Apple. Nice to hear people admit that.
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Old Jan 1, 2011, 12:42 AM   #25
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Which script kiddie did AAPL allocate to write this Clock.app in iOS 4.x? After one major error in mishandling of recurring alarm function under Daylight saving in iOS 4.1.x, their fix in iOS 4.2.1 is still faulty (in another way). How much more basic can this app and feature be?

Major major fail!
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