Oops

This bit us on New Year’s Day:

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping you’ll wake up in time to enjoy the first morning of 2011, as multiple users are reporting that alarms set within the iPhone’s default clock application aren’t going off as expected come January 1, 2011.

However, the apparent alarm bug only affects those who go about setting their alarms in a very specific fashion on their phones. For starters, though, the bug in question only affects those running iOS 4—specifically, versions 4.2.1, 4.1, and 4.0.2 of the OS so far. And the bug doesn’t affect alarms that have been previously set up to run as recurring elements on the phone. You’ll have to set a single alarm specifically for tomorrow or January 2 in order for your iPhone to completely ignore it.

That “very specific fashion” is, of course, the normal way one sets an alarm.

This is a very strange bug, and Apple still isn’t saying what happened. A lot of people talk about the technological superiority of Apple. This incident underscores what nonsense that is. Apple is very good at design, but their products are at least as buggy as everyone else’s, often worse.

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