Recurring alarm bug hits European iPhone users as DST ends
A Daylight Saving Time bug that hit New Zealand and Australian iPhone users about 3 weeks ago, hit European users over the weekend, as those venues switched off of DST and “fell back.” It is the same bug as previously noted in Australia: recurring alarms fire off an hour later than usual.
Specifically the bug appears to exist in iOS 4.1. It only occurs on recurring alarms and on those set to repeat for anything other than “every day.”
It is unclear why Apple didn’t roll out a fix before Europe was hit with the same issue, unless the company didn’t realize it wasn’t isolated to one area of the world. Since in October, Apple said it had already developed a fix that was ready to be rolled out in an update, that seems doubtful.
It’s possible that Apple didn’t want to roll out a separate release and is waiting for the “November” release of iOS 4.2 to release the fix. Since the U.S. has not seen the Daylight Saving Time change yet, it will be interesting to see if Apple rolls out a fix prior the the DST change next weekend.