What’s Up with the iPhone’s Alarm Function?

Earlier in the year there was a glitch in the iPhone’s alarm when we (well, most of us) “fell back” to standard time.  Now the New Year appears to be causing trouble as well.

Via the AFP:  iPhone alarm glitch leaves users fuming.

I note this especially because I set my iPhone as a backup alarm this morning and it did not go off.   thought I had messed it up myself, but perhaps not.

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  1. James Joyner says:

    Truly odd. I seldom use the thing but the clock itself functions fine. Not sure why the alarm wouldn’t sync with the clock.

  2. Look at it this way, Steve….. it may not be a good backup alarm right now, but at least you can use the iPhone to make phone calls.

    Oh, wait.

    Never mind 😀

  3. john personna says:

    In separate(?) news, 2011 apparently is a Taiwan problem.


  4. Trumwill says:

    There are no problems with the iPhone. If you experience what you think to be a problem with the iPhone, you’re trying to do something that you shouldn’t want to do. What’s your problem? Just use a regular alarm clock and stop badmouthing the iPhone. It’s perfect. Only its users are flawed.

  5. michael reynolds says:


    You know, I have an iPhone app that detects sarcasm.

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  7. PJ says:

    You’re not holding it right.