The alarm clock on your Apple iPhone stopped working starting today, will fix itself on January 3rd

The alarm clock on your Apple iPhone stopped working starting today, will fix itself on January 3rd
While unclear whether or not this is a bug belonging to iOS 4.2.1 or an earlier build, it seems that as soon as the date changed no matter where you live to 1/1/11, "one off" alarms set on the iPhone alarm clock became disabled and new alarm settings will fail. This is similar to the problem we reported that disabled the alarm clock on Apple's touchscreen handset when Daylight Savings Time ended in the U.S. and Europe. The difference is that the DST bug affected repeating alarms while the new problem deals with alarms set for a single day, the "one off" setting.

Until Apple deals with this via a maintenance upgrade,  there is a way around the current problem. Simply set the alarm clock to wake you at the same time for recurring days and once you are up and ready to face the world, delete the unnecessary alarms. Sure, it is a little hassle, but it will probably take you less than a minute to make the correction each day.

According to 9to5 Mac, some testing shows that the problem will self-correct on January 3rd which means that you will need to do the above temporary fix for only for a couple of days. It was also reported that those with an Apple iPhone running iOS 4.1 were having the same problem with the alarm clock on their device.

source: Engadget, 9to5Mac

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iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h 3G talk time)



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Lucky me I don't work in Jan 1st

2. Ohsnaps unregistered


3. bb unregistered

suck one Apple

4. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

My alarm clock worked fine. Maybe a few are affected but mine was ok.

5. Hulk unregistered

My phone is on 4.1 and this mornig it did not rang. Still have problem.

6. Random Dude unregistered

This is the same type of bug that hit the PS3 a while back. I wonder if this type of bug exists in all devices. Only heard about it on the Zune, PS3, and now Iphone.

7. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Yup, I had the same problem. Running 4.1 jailbroken and no alarms went off

8. Makapiapia

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 06, 2010

MT4G works just fine.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Y2k11...the sky is falling!!!!!

10. bling bling unregistered

iphone shows that it is now an old tech cuz it can not show you 1/1/11 it will work till 2010 which has passed , so the iphone is telling you not to buy iphone anymore

11. Rus T unregistered

I was late for work this morning thanks to this bug!!!!

12. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

i have a droid 2 and my alarm did not go off, same with my child and wife who has the droid X

13. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

My alarm went off.... oh wait no iPhone problem solved.

14. Long time Nokia user unregistered

Iphone4 has a great display. And that's all. Lot of functions what Nokia uses are missing. battery terrible, signal terrible, flash videos from web not accessible. It was a mistake to buy it...

15. thatguy unregistered

Terrible Battery? Ha, out of the Samsung Captivate, HTC Aria, Htc Surround, and Samsung Focus the iPhone 4 I currently use has better battery life way above the rest.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow, another iphone fail. guess they wanted to start this year off with bad press too. "hmm.. how do we beat antennagate... lets make it so alarms dont work!!!" lol. thatguy... i doubt u had all those phones. And i can tell u from experience my Vibrant gets a better battery life most days compared to an iphone4. the difference is, you have to be intelligent on an android device and remember that the phone multitasks, something that the iphone 4 wont let u do because apple thinks ur too dumb to manage your battery yourself.

17. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

there are many ways to save battery on the iPhone4. mine now lasts two days!. Try putting the brightness about half way instead of full. When you no your not going to find wifi, turn it of - that helps the most. Also turn location services off if your not going to be using google maps to locate yourself for a while. If you find them unneccesary, turn push notifications off. then it wont be constantly checking all your apps Last, double click the home button and the multitasking pops-up, when there are a lot of apps on it, hold one and then a "-" sign pops-up on them which means delete off multitasking bar, and then go through and delete them all.

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