Apple's Next iOS Release to Include Fix for Daylight Saving Time Bug

Last week, ZDNet Australia reported that Apple is planning to include in its next iOS software update a fix for an issue related to Daylight Saving Time that is currently plaguing users of the iPhone's alarm functionality in Australia and New Zealand.


Demonstration of alarm going off one hour early

The issue, which affects only recurring alarms set through the iPhone's "Clock" application, is resulting in alarms going off one hour earlier than their scheduled times. It first appeared in New Zealand late last month as that country switched to Daylight Saving Time, and reared its head in Australia earlier this month when that country made the switch.

Apple Australia told ZDNet Australia that a solution to the bug was already in the pipeline.

"We're aware of this issue and already developed a fix which will be available to customers in an upcoming software update," Apple said.

It is unclear when Apple plans to deploy the fix, but it seems reasonable to assume that Apple will want to patch the issue as quickly as possible as more countries switch to or from Daylight Saving Time in the coming weeks. Apple has already announced that it will be releasing iOS 4.2 in November, but that timeframe may not be soon enough for this fix, suggesting that an iOS 4.1.1 may make an appearance in the near future.

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