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Apple offers fix for iPhone alarm bug

Apple has offered users made late by its iPhone alarm problems a ray of hope - everything will be back to normal by Monday, the company claims.

In a support document entitled "iOS 4.1: Repeating alarms may trigger incorrectly before or after DST change," Apple admits: "In some regions, shortly before or after the daylight saving time (DST) change, repeating alarms created in the Clock app may work incorrectly."

Aside from the known work-around of manually setting the alarm each day and avoiding using the repeat function, Apple has a solution in the works: "After November 7th, 2010, you can set your alarms to repeat again."

What isn't clear at this time is whether the deadline represents a fix or not. Reading the document - which is somewhat light on details - Apple isn't actually stating that it will repair the flaw, simply that the flaw will no longer matter after the 7th of November.

It's possible that the internal gubbins in iOS responsible for tracking daylight savings changes repairs itself a week after the change was supposed to take place - which is good news for those who are struggling to get up in the morning with an unreliable alarm, but does mean that the flaw will recur next year if not resolved.

Apple, as is usual, is keeping quiet on the matter - but at least there is hope in sight for those iPhone users who rely on the Clock app for their daily wake-up call.