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iPhone alarm woes continue

2011-01-03 10:30

Hong Kong - Some iPhone users in Asia complained of malfunctioning alarms on the first working day of 2011, even after Apple reassured users that its phones' built-in clocks will work from Monday.

Bloggers, Facebook and Twitter users complained about missed flights and late arrival at work, as the alarm built into Apple's iPhone failed to go off for a third straight day for some users.

"My iPhone alarm didn't work again," user sueannlove tweeted on the social networking site. "Time to dig out (the) old school alarm clock."

The problem was not limited to the iPhone, with some owners of other Apple products, such as its iPod music players, also complaining of a similar problem with their alarms.

Apple was not immediately available for comment, but it said on January 2 that it was aware of the problem with non-recurring alarms and that the iPhone's alarm will begin functioning normally again on January 3.

Publicity problems
 
The problem did not appear to be affecting recurring alarms.

The iPhone alarm system failed to recognise changes in daylight savings time in 2010, causing some users to sleep in an hour longer, according to media reports.

The last time Apple was embroiled in publicity problems was in July last year after the launch of the iPhone 4, when reports about bad reception snowballed and forced the company to call a news conference to address the issue, dubbed "antennagate".

Apple sold over 14 million iPhones in its last reporting quarter ending September 25, and is now the world's No 2 smartphone brand ranking behind global leader Nokia.

Comments
  • Francois - 2011-01-03 12:27

    Think it is a bunch of bull mine worked perfectly fine this morning...

      JimBean@24.com - 2011-01-04 09:25

      Well, that's because we don't have daylight savings... Doh !

  • graeme.selvan - 2011-01-03 13:27

    So did mine , 100%

  • quintin.bohr - 2011-01-03 14:42

    Mine did not go off on Sunday, And I was supposed to entertain guests for breakfast - I had barely enough time to shower when the first one arrived

  • Badger - 2011-01-03 15:46

    Nokia is the Global Leader in smart phones :-) and my N97 works like a charm.

  • simon - 2011-01-03 16:23

    The reason that it works perfectly in SA is that we dont have daylight savings... The problem is if you are set to a time zone that uses daylight saving and the inbuilt clock to regulate the time automatically. Mine personally has not gone off for the last three days..

  • type1.design - 2011-01-03 16:52

    mine worked fine

  • ArtimusPrime - 2011-01-03 17:00

    I will be the first to say that certain aspects of the iPhone are crap, since I own one. I have owned numerous others, including a Nokia 5800. Comparing my iPhone to my friends brand new Nokia N8, it is way way WAY faster and easier to operate. I personally had no short falls with the alarm issue. Mine worked fine this morning. But the 3G connection is crap and i am continuously scared of dropping it. But I would never ever go back to another phone. I couldn't live with other phones short falls, but with how this thing operates and feels and looks, I couldn't live without it. Say what you want, I am an iSheep :-)

  • Graham - 2011-01-03 20:27

    all I can say HTC quitely brilliant

  • Graham - 2011-01-03 20:28

    HTC quitely birillianr

  • Sean Looney - 2011-01-03 20:57

    Well that explains why my alarm didn't go off this morning!

  • brett.hollins - 2011-01-03 20:58

    Get yourselves a Nokia N900 - the smartest smart phone around

  • Chant? Dennis - 2011-03-14 08:18

    Nokia is the Global Leader in smart phones :-) and my N8works like a charm. Such problems don't exist with Nokia users.....lokl

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