Is your Verizon iPhone 5 displaying time and date incorrectly?

Is your Verizon iPhone 5 displaying time and date incorrectly?
Oh boy, here we go again! Apparently, the iPhone 5 has troubles telling what time and date it is, and those who suffered from the infamous alarm clock bug in iOS might be getting a feeling of déjà vu right now. There is a 21 page long thread on Apple Discussions about a glitch affecting some iPhone 5 owners, predominantly Verizon users. And according to those users, the date and time in iOS are being displayed incorrectly – off by days behind or ahead in some cases, when the smartphone is set to adjust those settings automatically.

The first report of the problem was posted on September 24, which is actually the day Apple released the iPhone 5. Since then, the list of people who have noticed the glitch has been growing steadily. Surprisingly, only the iPhone 5 seems to be affected, judging by what people have been sharing on the forum thread. Users of older iPhone models, including those who have upgraded to iOS 6, have not reported any time or date issues yet.

What has been causing the iPhone 5 to report date and time incorrectly is not yet clear, although some speculate it might have something to do with Verizon's network. In particular, the CDMA towers receive the current time and date data via GPS so that the network can stay in sync. That data is than sent to the devices connected to the network. However, something might be causing the iPhone 5 to misinterpret the data being sent, or the towers themselves are somehow sending incorrect data. But that's just a theory.

Whatever the case may be, we'll be keeping an eye on the situation. In the mean time, if you own an iPhone 5, let us know whether it has been reporting the date and time correctly.

source: Apple Discussions via Apple Insider

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1. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Its not iphone's fault, its cause you'r in the wrong day at the wrong time.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

No, it is a completely different root cause - Steve Jobs has reached out from the other side. The VZW iP5s are on Steve Jobs' date and time.... ;-)

12. MeoCao unregistered

iPhone 5 new unique feature. Boy it's patented.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iDiSagree, I actually know alot of people who this has happened to and, unfortunately, the problem is rAmpAntly growing iAmok. TheoriTiCally speaking, I think it's iNception lies where the display is extended 0.30 MiLliNches, coupled with a processor overclocked to perform as a Dual-Core chip when it, in fact, is only Single-Core; of course this would mean that Apple was less than forthcoming about the true specifications of their re-brAnded and re-mArketed "stretched out iPhone 4".

21. JeffPilsner

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Hey stupid- there's ACTUAL reports that say it OUTPERFORMS the dual-core :) and is a dual-core


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

How dare you speak to me you iNsolent fool; I am going to have judge Lucy Ho throw the iBook at you!

33. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That was But seriously...I thought Apple fixed this issue long ago on the iPhone 4? Is it something in iOS? Why does this keep happening?

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

and the problems just keeps on going...

6. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

yeah, i have never seen an iPhone haunted by so many problems and bugs like this... Definitely Steve Jobs Midas touch is missing here....

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I asked Magic 8 Ball when there will be a 6.1 release of iOS. Answer was - Soon.

30. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Good thing PA posted a review already or they might have to take into account the glitches in the handset.

4. Savage unregistered

Apple - Its a new feature. iPhone 5 shows times from different time zones of the world when it wants. Its normal.

5. emitchell4luv

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

dat is wat happen when u don't apply enof heat to dough wen baking, u come out with half baked bread. Tons of complain about this most hype phone b4 it release. They go a release iphone 5.5 lol with correction on iphone 5. Iphone 5 a failure.

37. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Is this Apple's fault or is it Verizon's? We don't know yet. Sprint iPhone customers don't seem to be having any problems and they too are running on a CDMA network.

7. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

You're displaying it wrong (time and date). Much like the antenna problem. (You're holding it wrong). LMAO

8. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Somebody call Fringe Division to check this, may be there is time-space distortion :D

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Damn, with an iPhone 5 you won't know where, and now, when you are, you'll truly be lost! LOL

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Or iPhone takes alternate reality concept too far :D

13. ilia1986 unregistered

Another day, another iPhone 5 flaw. Another grin on my face. I've been grinning alot, since 2007. :D

14. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

it's the Time Travel feature...because iP5 is so fast....

15. harvinder2111

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

imagine you are in the post-apocalyptic world with no one around... the only way to survive is to reach place "X" at time "T" on day "D"... simple enough? guess what you are only left with an iphone5....

16. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

This bag of Apple's are rotten.

18. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Tim cook: Don't worry, this is perfectly normal. Currently, Apple is planning a new update to reset time in the world. Therefore, the phone is right, but you are not.

19. hybrid06339

Posts: 23; Member since: May 16, 2012

Apple changing the world one day at a time

20. JuAli

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

"The Towers are sending incorrect data!!! "Lmao! Epic fail once again

22. JuAli

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Its like those V8 commercials! "Should of got a Droid" Lmao!

23. spencerlewis8

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Yesterday my iPhone 5 was saying it was August 29th....

24. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

"That data is tha(e)n sent to the devices connected to the network." Then, not than...why are so many people getting that wrong lately?

26. nwright94 unregistered

My verizon 5 shows the correct date and time. No problems here. Ill probably be down voted into oblivion for not having problems though.

27. benzb

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

I am not and Apple Fanboy or anything. As a matter of fact, I own an iPhone and a HTC One with T-Mobile. With that said, both iOS and Android have their bugs and problems. Neither of them are perfect. I do experience the stupid time and date bug on the iPhone as I have service with Verizon. However, I am not so anal about it because I know that it is a bug and will be killed on the next update. (Apple already announced that they are aware of this and other issues and they will correct them on the next update.) It fascinates me how people become so in love with a particular phone or OS that they just enjoy bashing it's rival. Android and iOS both have their strengths and weaknesses. This is why I own both so I can enjoy the strengths of each and have the best of both worlds. Both Google and Apple have a lot of work to do to make their OS even close to perfect.

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