Why Apple will take a bite out of the US economy on Monday

A Daylight Websites Post in iPhone, by Tim Twinam

As an aging COBOL programmer, I must take this opportunity to confess my participation in the Y2K fiasco. Yes, it was absolutely my fault! I carefully coded all my date fields incorrectly for at least 15 years in the traditional English style: DDMMYY … and this, as history records, almost brought about the End of the World.

iPhone 4

The forgetful iPhone 4

On Monday November 9th, 2010 the iSomething generation all across USA may be arriving an hour late for work. Using the well-worn Microsoft technique of releasing all software without adequate testing, Apple has just been made aware of a programming bug that means all pre-set iPhone alarms will ignore the ‘Fall-Back’ change in Daylight Savings Time at midnight tonight.

iPhone users in Europe and Australia reported the problem as their DST changed last weekend. The notice is too soon for Apple to make a fix and so, on Monday morning, non-iPhone users in USA will possibly enjoy an extra hour of peace in the office.

How the US economy will survive without a  proportion of the iFolk at work for an hour on Monday is uncertain.

One thing for sure is that this time, Apple cannot blame me. I didn’t do it.

How to fix your iPhone:

  • Open the Clock application.
  • Click on the Alarm icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click the “plus sign” icon in the top right corner.
  • 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).
  • Select the appropriate time and sound, and click “save.”


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