November 1, 2010

Perhaps They Should Have Tested More - Apple

This morning, iOS 4.1 users in Europe reported that their alarm clocks failed to account for the time change due to the end of Daylight Savings, which shifted their clocks back an hour at 2 am this morning. As a result, their alarms went off an hour too late.

  • iPhone is getting blamed for making some Europeans late for work this morning
  • Apple has been having a lot of problems recently and this is just the latest in a line of gaffes
  • Scores of British iPhone 4 users said they were late for work on Monday
  • Hundreds of angry comments were posted on microblogging website Twitter 
  • A similar bug was reported a month ago by users in Australia and New Zealand
  • Apple said last month that a software patch was being developed
  • Unclear whether that fix would come by next Sunday when the U.S. will be switching to Standard Time

If I recall correctly, this whole Standard Time versus Daylight Saving Time isn't a new invention, right?  Perhaps recurring alarms are a new invention?

Perhaps Apple should have tested more.


An update:

No, Apple didn't fix this problem in time for the end of Daylight Saving Time in the US.

But they did say that they would come out with a software fix "soon".  Perhaps right now, they are too busy manually resetting all their alarms.

Read more: 

This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
My name is Joe Strazzere and I'm currently a Director of Quality Assurance.
I like to lead, to test, and occasionally to write about leading and testing.
Find me at

No comments:

Post a Comment