My iPad's clock is wrong. Very wrong.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by gwynne, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I noticed this last night before I went to bed, but forgot. It was about 45 minutes off last night. This morning, it is 8:30am as I type, but the iPad says it's 1:05am.

    This doesn't seem like it bodes well. Anyone?

    Going to try a sync.
  2. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Sync fixed it, but that was a lot of time to lose considering I certainly would have been sync'ing a lot yesterday afternoon. Something to keep an eye on.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    Final note: the total amount of 'lost' time seems to correspond to the time my iPad was turned off (i.e., in sleep, not actually shut down) but not plugged in. Surely that can't be working as intended, heh.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
    Glad you got it figured out... but keep us updated. Hopefully it was just a fluke! :confused:
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
    I had the same issue, it was off by 5 hours - I then re-synched it and it went back to the actual time, but reverted a bit later. Then checked my Mac and it's time was now off by 5 hours to match the iPad. Not sure which was causing which, but I'm watching it now. Maybe a bug on either end....
  6. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    I'm have an appt. at Apple today for my MacBook, going to ask the guy/gal if they've heard about this yet. I'm not quite ready to ask for an exchange yet but I want to let them know it's happening. Will post again if I hear anything useful.

    Debating whether to take my iPad with me, but I'm leaving in half an hour and the time looks fine (despite leaving the iPad in sleep mode for 30 minutes), so bringing it won't accomplish much.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Conspiracy alert: Intentional "feature" to warp time on the iPad. Helps make users think their battery life is amazing.

    Just a theory. ;)
  8. macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2010
    Trance ??

    Users could get "target fixation syndrome" and "subliminal flicker hypnosis" and be in a trance like state for up to 5 hours, thus losing time.
  9. macrumors 65816


    Aug 18, 2008
    I had the same issue, but I just went into settings and fixed the time. Will keep you posted on if it happens again.
  10. macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2010
    My IPad constantly is loosing time. I went to bed last night at 12am. this morning (7:30am) my IPad showed 12:05am. This went on for about a 1/2hr then it suddenly set to correct time.

    Definitely an issue IMHO
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    Mine has been correct from the first day.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2009
    I'm also having this problem. It seems to not keep the time when it's in sleep mode.... When I first used my iPad this morning it basically stated the last time I had used it, not the current time. I went away, came back, and the time had "fixed" itself. Solutions?
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2010
    iPad losing time

    My clock is also freezing when I put it in sleep mode. Just started after my last sync. I can try a resync, but it sounds like a patch is in order, and fast! Very frustrating!
  14. macrumors newbie

    Apr 9, 2010
    Time freezes

    I'm having the same time problems. When I turn on the iPad in the morning, it shows the time I turned it off the previous night. After 15 or so minutes, it shows the right time. I'm not sure how to report this bug to Apple. Thanks.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2003
    Just want to add that my iPad is experiencing the same issue. I "fixed" the clock last night (manually set the correct time) and this morning it was off by about an hour. Sucks that this is happening, but glad I'm not alone.
  16. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    OP here. I haven't had this recur, but I've also fallen into the habit of plugging in the iPad before I go to bed. Are you all experiencing this with the iPad plugged or unplugged?

    I mentioned this to an Apple store person on Monday, was unsurprised to hear she hadn't heard of it at that time, she said what they usually say "it'll probable be a software problem"...and then I forgot about it because it never happened again, until this thread start getting bumped.

    Maybe I'll try to leave it unplugged tonight and see if I can re-create the problem consistently.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    I'm going to guess that in order to achieve the long stand by time on battery, they shut off the wifi chip, or out it in to some ultra low power mode that stops syncing time.

    I'm wondering if the iPad uses a feature similar to the desktops where it can automatically sync time from a wifi broadcast. Sort of like when you travel to a different time zone, the Mac will fix the time based on available wifi signals.
  18. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    But waking up to a clock that is 7 hours off and won't be fixed until you *physically* sync (in my experience) doesn't sound like something that is working as intended. Does it?
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2003
    Last night was the first time I didn't plug it in to charge overnight, and that is when I first noticed the problem. So it may have something to do with being plugged-in/not plugged-in. There is a thread in the forum about this as well.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2010
    So far so good

    I synced again on the 7th, and so far my clock has been back to normal. It was definitely tied to the sleep mode. I tend to keep my battery charged more now, perhaps it happens in a lower battery range? Who knows!
  21. macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2007
    Mine was losing time as well...until I posted about it here.
    Now it's fine...hmmmmm
  22. macrumors 65816

    Sleazy E

    Nov 24, 2009
    i actually never look at the time on my ipad... i will have to keep my eye on it now.
  23. macrumors 603

    Mar 29, 2008
    Mine has not lost any time since day 1. Are you guys leaving wifi on or off? I leave wifi on, so it might be re-synching quickly from the Apple time servers etc when you bring it out of sleep.
  24. thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2010
    When I had the 7hr loss, wifi was definitely on. I was able to web surf and whatnot the next morning, but the time would not fix till I sync'd with my macbook.
  25. macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm pretty sure it syncs with apples time servers if you leave wifi on...kind of like how cell phones do the same thing. I always have wifi on so if there is a problem with the hardware clock I wouldn't know about it...

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