iOS 4.1 Daylight Saving Time Bug Strikes Europe

Several weeks ago, we noted that users in New Zealand and Australia had discovered a bug in iOS 4.1 that caused recurring alarms to go off an hour early after those countries switched to daylight saving time beginning in late September.

At the time, Apple representatives in Australia reported that the bug would be addressed in an upcoming software update, which many users had hoped would be a quick iOS 4.1.1 fix rather than having to wait until iOS 4.2 sometime this month. A fix has yet to appear, however, and with the UK and other European countries ending daylight saving time this weekend, the bug is striking a significant new population of users.

And with European users ending daylight saving time as opposed to the earlier groups in the Southern Hemisphere that were beginning daylight saving time, the bug means that European users are seeing their alarms go off an hour late.

Daylight saving time ends in the United States and Canada on November 7th, setting the stage for a fresh spate of oversleepers if Apple does not provide an iOS update this week.

Update: Several forum members in the United States have also reported experiencing the bug, although the reason for it is unclear, as daylight saving time in the U.S. does not end until next Sunday.

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