My iPad's clock is wrong. Very wrong.

bdmsb

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This could be related to a timezone issue in the OS software, where its jumping ahead or backwards. As long as the timezone / country is set correctly it should be fine. Also, note the iPad has no separate internal lithium clock battery so this is obviously updated via wireless / 3G connection.
Except that the errors are not multiples of an hour. And it "should" be fine but it's not ... that's why it's a problem. The clock does not need wifi or 3G to update because it generally keeps the correct time after sleep with no wifi or 3G connection. It doesn't need a separate clock battery because it has a big main battery.
 

St. Germain

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This could be related to a timezone issue in the OS software, where its jumping ahead or backwards. As long as the timezone / country is set correctly it should be fine. Also, note the iPad has no separate internal lithium clock battery so this is obviously updated via wireless / 3G connection.
This has nothing to do with timezones since the minutes are off as well and there's no rhyme or reason as to how much time its off. The timezone/country is set correctly and the time is most definitely not fine.
 

ArmCortexA8

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Except that the errors are not multiples of an hour. And it "should" be fine but it's not ... that's why it's a problem. The clock does not need wifi or 3G to update because it generally keeps the correct time after sleep with no wifi or 3G connection. It doesn't need a separate clock battery because it has a big main battery.
This obviously points to a software (OS) issue or how the iPad is obtaining its time data, either from your wireless connection via the time server, or via the phone network. The loss or gain of time is usually not hardware related.
 

bdmsb

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This obviously points to a software (OS) issue or how the iPad is obtaining its time data, either from your wireless connection via the time server, or via the phone network. The loss or gain of time is usually not hardware related.
The iPad keeps time in the forest with no wifi or 3G connection. It does not need a time server every time it wakes up.
 

ArmCortexA8

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The iPad keeps time in the forest with no wifi or 3G connection. It does not need a time server every time it wakes up.
This would then point to the internal clock which is controlled by the CPU, and since mine has no issue like this, this would point to a software issue linked to the time in the iPad.
 

bdmsb

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Oct 23, 2008
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This would then point to the internal clock which is controlled by the CPU, and since mine has no issue like this, this would point to a software issue linked to the time in the iPad.
It seems to me that we can't tell what the problem is yet, that it could be software or hardware. It would seem that Apple cannot diagnose the problem yet with all of their resources. These are complex systems and it's probably not possible to use a unit with no problem to diagnose the units that have a problem. They all theoretically have the same software AND hardware. My own unit has not had the problem again in the last month, but I don't know that it's "fixed".
 

colmaclean

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Just noticed this myself. After using my pad first time thing morning (after charge from wall socket), it was showing 06:30 when the time was 06:45. A few minutes later it corrected itself.

Later on at around midday (after sleeping for a couple of hours), it was showing 11:11am. :confused:

Mental note: DON'T rely on the iPad's clock/calendar!
 

mcfadyen

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Just noticed this myself. After using my pad first time thing morning (after charge from wall socket), it was showing 06:30 when the time was 06:45. A few minutes later it corrected itself.

Later on at around midday (after sleeping for a couple of hours), it was showing 11:11am. :confused:

Mental note: DON'T rely on the iPad's clock/calendar!
Had the same issue this morning. Restarted and it was back to normal.
 

xgman

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Syncing temporarily fixes this sleep/time issue, but it points to a software glitch I would think. I hope Apple is taking not of this to include a fix with it's fix update. I find this to be very basic to the operation and very unacceptable. I mean a $10 watch can keep time right?
 

aperry

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Since noticing this a couple of weeks ago, I haven't had the problem since. However, it could be that I'm just not looking at the iPad's clock anymore. Once a clock starts showing reliability issues it becomes pretty useless.

Funny that the iPad's oldest and simplest feature is the broken one.
 

clborden

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I had the same issue. I restored it as a new iPad & the problem has not returned. It's been 3 days...however, my problem now is that my previously purchased issues of Mens Health magazine are gone. I backed it up before I restored it, but because I restored it as new I'm thinking I may be beat.

Does anybody know how I can retrieve these issues? I could restore it from the last back-up, but then I'll probably have to deal with the clock issue again.

Anyone have any ideas?
 

Mike Reed

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I have noticed on mine that syncing sets the iPad's clock to the computer's clock. The only reason I even noticed is because for whatever reason my Windows 7 bootcamp install refuses to keep the correct time.
 

mario66

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Jun 23, 2010
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same problem

I am experiencing the same problem as discussed in this thread. I notice however that the last post was while back. Has the problem been resolved or did you all just send the ipad back to Apple?

I have a 32 gig 3G. Clock falls behind after sleep mode during both Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

Perhaps they issued an update that i am not aware of? any advice would be helpful as to how anyone here resolved their problem with the clock.

thanks!
 

bdmsb

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Oct 23, 2008
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I am experiencing the same problem as discussed in this thread. I notice however that the last post was while back. Has the problem been resolved or did you all just send the ipad back to Apple?

I have a 32 gig 3G. Clock falls behind after sleep mode during both Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

Perhaps they issued an update that i am not aware of? any advice would be helpful as to how anyone here resolved their problem with the clock.

thanks!
I know of no fix. In my case, the problem has not recurred. I suggest a cold restart of the iPad and keep an eye on it.
 

Jkazmeyer

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I had the same problem a couple days ago... The time seemed way off, more than an hour, then within 15 minutes of my noticing it, it corrected itself. Happened again the next day, but not since. It seems very random. It does sound like a software glitch, but even so, if it persists, I will take it to the genius bar to get looked at. I don't really want to, then I'll have to restore & lose my jailbreak, but I know if they can't figure it out, they will replace it. Has anyone else had this recur, that had it happen before. Maybe it's just a bug it has to get out, then it's gone....
 

HalfMoon

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Jun 2, 2010
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My iPad (16gb 3G) just went back to the store with this issue. Same as everyone else - randomly losing minutes after sleep. I filed a bug report with Apple through my dev account and after speaking with the guys at my local Apple resellers, it seems that Apple are being very cagey regarding this issue.
:confused:
 

xgman

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I had the same problem a couple days ago... The time seemed way off, more than an hour, then within 15 minutes of my noticing it, it corrected itself. Happened again the next day, but not since. It seems very random. It does sound like a software glitch, but even so, if it persists, I will take it to the genius bar to get looked at. I don't really want to, then I'll have to restore & lose my jailbreak, but I know if they can't figure it out, they will replace it. Has anyone else had this recur, that had it happen before. Maybe it's just a bug it has to get out, then it's gone....
I've noticed that if you sync with your computer very frequently, this issue doesn't rear up. When you stop syncing for a few days or so, it sometimes reoccurs.
 

jlyanks85

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Least this issue isn't just happening to me lol. I've had my iPad a little over a month now and this clock issue started a few days ago. I go to bed then get up and check the iPad around 11am and it still says 10pm, from when I was last on it.

The last day or so it's been, normal, but sometimes the time will be off by 30 mins. Figured this is a software issue. Would hope apple fixes this soon enough.
 

iCrosoft

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Jun 23, 2010
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Mine has been correct from the first day.
So was mine until this morning. I unlocked the screen and the displayed time was ahead 7 hours! I originally thought I REALLY overslept but checking my cell phone it displayed the correct time.

I never manually adjusted the time setting and it is set for my time zone by city. Just reccently the iPad decided (after 2 hours) to automatically update its time to something close to the correct time but is now behind 20 minutes.

very odd.
 

Merrily2006

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Jun 11, 2006
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OK Me Too - iPad time gone wrong

So it is september and still Apple has not fixed it???
I just googled and found this forum - Tried all the fixes suggested - and still the IPad has time about half hour out from the real time. :mad:

Now what?
 

benhollberg

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My iPad is 3 minutes fast for the last two weeks even after syncing. Any solutions besides manually setting the time?
 

LordEntropy

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My iPad is 3 minutes fast for the last two weeks even after syncing. Any solutions besides manually setting the time?
I have also recently noticed my iPad clock being fast by a few minutes even after syncing, is there maybe an issue with the Apple time sync servers I wonder?

Incidentally I have had my IPad since day 2 of release and not noticed this problem before. I am also running the latest version of iOS
 
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