If you’re used to waking up to the soothing (or not-so-soothing) tones of your iPhone’s alarm, you may have noticed it went off at the wrong time this morning (if you’re in a state that has switched to daylight saving time). Thankfully, we had some warning of the bug, as New Zealanders have been affected since daylight saving began a week earlier across the Tasman. The problem relates specifically to recurring alarms that will go off an hour early. Whilst waking up at 5:30am could have its benefits, I prefer the 6:30 that I set my alarm for.
In our testing of possible fixes, only one appeared to rectify the issue: simply turn off recurring alarms.
In fact, to be sure your alarm will go off at the right time, re-set it now that daylight saving is in effect, and in the Repeat options, make sure no days are selected. These alarms appear to work as expected – the only problem is that you have to remember to set the alarm each night when you go to bed.
We also tried changing the time on the iPhone to manual rather than automatic (Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically), but this didn’t help matters at all.
If you’ve managed to fix the problem via another method, let us know in the comments.
Hopefully the workaround is only temporary, but Apple has not indicated whether a software fix is on the way.
UPDATE: As was pointed out in the comments (below), an easy – if inelegant – solution that lets you keep recurring alarms is to simply set them an hour late.
UPDATE 2: Apple Australia spokesperson Fiona Martin has confirmed that the company has a fix ready to go: “We’re aware of this issue and already developed a fix which will be available to customers in an upcoming software update,” she says in an email to Australian Macworld. In the meantime, it looks like the workarounds are still necessary.