January 1, 2013
Apple’s iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Feature Suffers From New Year’s Day Hangover
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
iPhone users woke up to the New Year with complaints about the "Do Not Disturb" setting on their smartphone not working properly.
Some iOS 6 users said that the "Do Not Disturb" feature on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch did not automatically disable on New Year's morning.
The feature helps to silence calls, alerts and notifications when it is enabled, and users may be able to schedule "Do Not Disturb" to activate between specific hours.
MacRumors reports that one of its readers, Spacesamurai, posted on its forum that both their iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are showing "Do Not Disturb" even though it´s past the time for the feature to turn off.
"Reloading the devices does not help and the software is up-to-date," Spacesamurai wrote in the forum.
Fortunately, the feature does not silence alarms set with Apple's built-in clock, ensuring that those who stayed up partying last night were still able to wake up for appointments on New Year's Day.
One user, IncogRules, joked on the Australian tech forum Whirlpool, "Is this a bug or did Apple do this on purpose knowing everyone will be partying out late on new years eve and so gave a little bit of extra time to sleep on new years day."
While the issue is going viral, most people who have experienced the issue seem to say it is not a big deal.
"Yeah..had to turn it off manually..no biggie, alarm went off just fine in the morning, only missed one call," user roryBbellow wrote on App Advice's comments.
Another user going by the screen name "Coach" was a little more adamant to point out the flaw, and how it created problems in his personal life.
"Not impressed! Missed several emails, calls and texts. It's 10:30am and I only noticed DND still on and many missed messages," Coach wrote on the App Advice forum.
For those users who have noticed the feature still on their phones can just manually turn it off in order to get their alerts back to working order.
This is the first year for Apple's new iOS 6 software, and the first time the feature has been introduced on the iDevices. However, this is not the first year that Apple users have experienced problems on New Year's Day.
In 2011, on New Year's Day, users reported problems with the iOS alarm clock not going off, inevitably leaving some users frustrated and late for work.
No statement or initial fix has been issued by Apple yet, but the company is expected to be issuing its biggest update to the iOS 6 software since it was released soon.