iPhone glitch causes alarm problems

Bloomberg News / January 3, 2011

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IPhone users counting on the device to wake them over the weekend got a surprise as the Apple Inc. gadget’s alarm-clock system failed for a third time.

A fault may have prevented one-time alarms from working Saturday and yesterday, the Cupertino, company said. Recurring alarms will still function on those dates and all alarms will operate from today, according to Apple, the world’s third-most valuable publicly traded company.

A defect caused some iPhone alarm settings in Europe to go off an hour late on Nov. 1, failing to automatically adjust to the change as most countries switched from daylight savings. Similar problems affected iPhone users in Australia and New Zealand in September, causing alarms to go off an hour early in the Southern Hemisphere, according to

The stock closed at $322.56 on Friday.