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iPhone Users Could Experience Alarm Glitch Monday

November 7, 2010

Americans who own the newest Apple iPhone 4 will have to remember to delete and then reset their phone’s alarm clock, or they could be late for work on Monday.

A glitch in the iPhone’s operating system will cause the recurring alarm not to ring on time because of the end of Daylight Savings Time, which occured at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday in the US.

The phone’s alarm app doesn’t recognize the time change and will continue to ring an hour late if users do not reset the alarm manually.

Users who rely on their iPhone to wake them up should set one-time alarms until after November 7 to resolve the issue, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison.

Apple plans to release an updated version of its mobile software — iOS 4.2 — later this month which will permanently resolve the problem, Harrison told CNN.

The news comes after iPhone users in Australia and Europe reported problems with their alarms ringing late after time changes earlier this year.

After last week’s calamity, many users made their complaints well known by tweeting about the problem.

“Well done Apple — you’ve made me decide I need to use a proper alarm clock rather than relying on my iPhone,” one user tweeted.

“Stupid iPhone alarm clock went off an hour late. What a great start to the week,” said another.

However, one user said a morning without iPhones sounds appealing.

“A whole hour of peace and quiet in the office this morning without any iPhone users courtesy of Apple,” wrote one Twitter user named jamiei, in response to the iPhone glitch that affected Europeans.

CNN published these steps to help users make their iPhone alarm work Monday morning:

1. Open the Clock application.

2. Click on the Alarm icon at the bottom of the screen.

3. Click the “plus sign” icon in the top right corner.

4. Create an alarm and make sure you have the “repeat” option set to “never.” (The glitch only occurs with repeat alarms, such as those workers set to wake them up at the same time each weekday).

5. Select the appropriate time and sound, and click “save.”

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