2010 Daylight Savings Time Dates

November 1, 2010 by staff 

2010 Daylight Savings Time Dates, Update: Some of our commenters report that alarms are also seeing an hour early in parts of North America. It is still unclear whether this is widespread or idiosyncratic, and if all 4.x devices are affected.

The IOS error that caused recurring alarm to go an hour earlier in New Zealand after its change to DST then hit some parts of Australia after its conversion to a week later. Apple promised a solution to the problem, and it is likely that the review will be included with the next update to IOS 4.2 – but that update has not arrived in time to stop the problem of strikes in Europe. With the shift to standard time in the Northern Hemisphere nations, Europe and Middle East countries that have changed are now experiencing the same problem we saw in New Zealand and Australia, but in reverse: the recurring alarms Europeans go out an hour later, after changing to standard time.

In New Zealand, the issue was finally resolved. A couple of weeks after the change of daylight saving time, recurring alarms started going off at the right time again. The theory was that the Apple programming time zone IOS protocols based on outdated DST, New Zealand is used to change the DST on the first Sunday in October, but changed the last Sunday of September in 2007. It is possible that the problem can become their own species in Europe as well, but not before a lot of Europeans who rely on their iPhones to awaken after being late for work.

In less than a week, the biggest customer base Apple, iPhone to U.S. users will probably have their recurring alarms leave an hour later, again, unless Apple can solve the problem before the November 7 . Meanwhile, for those Europeans who depend on IOS devices to wake in the morning, you have two options. Either set the recurring alarm to go an hour earlier than normal (ie, set the alarm at 6 am if you really want to wake up at 7), or completely abandon the recurring alarms and remember to set an alarm every single use night. That’s what has worked for us in the southern hemisphere.

It is surprising that Apple has not addressed this issue in a timely manner. The error has extensive coverage after the change to DST in the southern hemisphere, so Apple had plenty of warning before the change to standard time in Europe. Now, instead of mild discomfort experienced by a few million iPhone users in the Southern Hemisphere woke up an hour earlier, many more European users will have to face much greater difficulties. Waking up an hour early, when New Zealand changed to summer time a little over a month was certainly irritating, but that’s nothing compared to the multitude of Europeans who will be late to work or school because of this error.

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