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iPhone Users: Borrow An Alarm Clock This Weekend

If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock you might want to get a cheap alarm clock if you want to make it to work on time. There is a daylight savings bug that is causing the alarm to go off an hour later than scheduled.

If you use your iPhone as an alarm clock you might want to get a cheap alarm clock if you want to make it to work on time. There is a daylight savings bug that is causing the alarm to go off an hour later than scheduled.Some iPhone users in Australia experienced the delayed alarm when they made the daylight savings switch a few weeks ago. Now Europe is being hit with the bug during their switch this past weekend.

According to Engadget, it doesn't impact all alarms. If you have your alarm set to repeat every day at the same time, you should be ok. If it is just set to go off on the weekends or a particular day though, it will be delayed an hour before it fires off.

Engadget tried a few workarounds, like deleting and re-adding the alarm, but that did no good. Apple is working on a fix, but no release date has been specified. Before the bug impacted Europe, Apple said they were aware of the problem and would be releasing a patch but not before that continent was getting the work day started an hour later than usual.

The cost of programming for daylight savings time has to be huge. I cannot count the number of DST patches that have been released for servers, desktops and consumer electronics over the last few years. Not only that, it is important to note that DST contributes to global warming.

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