iPhone DST alarm clock bug hits Europe

Remember that annoying DST bug that was affecting Australian iPhone users' alarm clocks? Well, now it's Europe's turn. The switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard time happened last night and now many European iPhone users woke up late this morning.

Even though the iPhones are correctly changing the clock time, recurring alarms are not recognizing it. What's even stranger, is that not all alarms are affected. If the alarm is set for "every day" or "never", then the alarm will go off at the correct time.

What disappoints me is that Apple knew about this bug and promised a software update to fix it. Why hasn't it been released yet? Do they plan to fix it before the switch hits North America next week?

To our European readers, did you wake up late this morning because of this bug?

[Engadget]

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iPhone DST alarm clock bug hits Europe

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Thankfully not as I only use my phone as a backup alarm. Was quite embarrassing being sat on the train into work and my alarm going off though.

I had no problems this morning, alarm went of at the correct time.
It's currently set to go off on Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Fri at 06:10 and I live in Europe.
Have 24-Home Time enabled, and Set Automatically as well.
International is set to English, except for the Region Format which is set to Netherlands with Gregorian Calendar.

Mine has been solid too, its a recurring 6.30am alarm, Monday to Friday. Brothers has been fine too, in fact I do not know anyone that has had the problem in the UK.

I'm in the UK and had this problem this morning. The clock updated automatically yesterday and although the alarm says it is due to go off at 7.55am weekdays, it actually went off this morning at 8.55am instead

Yeah quite annoying. I should have known better as I have friends in Australia who were affected by it. Luckily my own body alarm clock got me up in time. Lots of my friends here in England were not so lucky though. Very disappointed at the lack of response by Apple.

I'm in Switzerland and I had this problem too.
The alarm went off one hour late this morning. I was a little late for work.
Really annoying. I know of 3 friends who had the same problem.
The alarm is configured recurring from Mon to Fri.
I use 12h time format.
I can also confirm that it doesn't seem to affect all phones. I know of another friend who didn't have any problem this morning.

Didn't have a problem this morning. But now that I'm reminded of this problem I'll be sure to set an extra alarm just in case for the U.S. change.

As of late, Apple's customer service is lacking. They have known about the alarm clock issue and have done nothing yet. When the whole antennagate issue started, Apple was VERY quick to release an update. i am sure many customers of Apple rely on the device to awake them. I work for an EMS agency, do you think my supervisor would find it acceptable if I told him my alarm clock didn't go off. I love the Iphone, but I have to say Apple is really slacking in terms of customer service.

Again, another US fail on an iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1. In my sleep drowsed state I started to question if I'd missed the DST change...

I called ExpressLane support at Apple this morning. They recognized the issue. I've been asked to go in-store to pick up a replacement phone. Since it's an iOS issue I'm wondering if the US Apple Support hasn't been told how to respond to the issue yet. Whatever. I'll take the scratchless iPhone as a replacement.

Killed! Alarm set for 7am MON-FRI and went off at 8am! I've had to set it to 6am so that it goes off at 7am! How poor is this!? who do they have testing this!? ...more importantly I'd like to hear from the dev who screwed this module up!
London, UK

My IP4 went off a hour eary too it sucks because I was afraid to go back to sleep thinking that is wouldn't work later. Location US-AL

My alarm didn't go off and I was late for work! Without a doubt having an iPhone was the worst decision I ever made!
I have the iphone4

@boots - haha. i mean, its not a LIFE THREATNING problem, but is annoying. hope it gets fixed soon. my iphone is my only alarm "clock."

During the hole worktrip this morning I was thinking what did I do this morning because I am 1 hour late?? Now I know it is a bugg in my Iphone.

Has anyone been experiencing problems with their calendars? All my appointments are now showing an hour earlier on my iphone. I've re-synched with Outlook 2007 to no avail. I've manually deleted all appointments from my iPhone and re-synched, but again to no avail. The appointments keep showing an hour earlier on the iPhone. Help!!!

My weekday recurring alarm failed this morning & went off an hour late.
Not going to be impressed if I have to set it up for a different time from that of which I actually want/need. Not a life or death issue, but after spending quite a lot of money buying the phone unlocked from Apple on release day, I expect the simple things which I use daily to actually work correctly!

US-KS, my IP3GS woke me up one hour early this morning. We don't have DST until Nov.7th and then still the night will be one hour longer not shorter... so what is this all about????

The calendar offset is another issue and easily fixed. Do NOT manually change the times of the appointments. Just go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> scroll right down to the bottom, there is a option called Time Zone Support. In my case I just turned it off. Some others needed to turn it on choose a timezone (depends on what you sync against)

Well this proves one thing. Leave the time alone. I hate daylight savings time. Just set it one way, or the other, and that's it. May be apple will have a fix by the time they come out with iPhone 10.

My alarm is set for everyday. Had a problem with it this morning. Thankfully was not late for work. What a pain in the ass though!

Mine went off an hour late. The clock changed fine and it says 5:40 on the alarm but the alarm goes off at 6:40. Luckily I have a week off!

Thankfully I have a good internal body clock and woke 15 minutes before the alarm was due - today, in fact, literally as I type, even after I deleted and re-added the alarm, it's gone off an hour late...again.

Not only did this happen to me but now the alarm will only go off it it is set to EVERYDAY not every weekday when I need it so I will have remember to disable it for the weekend if I want a lie in?!!!!

Greece happened too. i was late to work for the last two days, but i am always late to work so, to be honest, it didn't make much difference... The best solution is to sleep together with a girl that has another type of phone and wake up by her alarm clock...

This happened to me. I'm in the US.
I have a recurrning alarm set to 7am and 715am. Went off at 6am and 615am past two days.
Deleted and recreated and that fixed it.

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