When reports began pouring in New Year’s Day about the iPhone’s iClock alarm failing to work, I was puzzled.
My alarm had gone off, as usual, at 8 a.m; on Sunday, the weekly alarm that reminds me to call my mom in Florida went off on time. Slowly it sunk in: mine were repeating alarms. It was one-time alarms that were failing, and doing so big time. (For reports of the chaos this caused, at work, on the road, and in people’s social lives, look at Twitter.)
The folks over at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) are suggesting that people ditch the iClock and move to a more reliable third-party app. They’ve got up-to-the-minute reviews of the versions of Awaken, EasyWakeup, Playlist Alarm Clock, and Ambiance. The iPad lacks a built-in alarm clock (perhaps just as well!) but third parties have created NightStand HD, Clock Pro HD, Touch LCD – Designer Speaking Clock and Math Clock, all of these conveniently reviewed by TUAW.
I’m very curious to know the technical reasons behind the iClock problem. Any ideas?