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Apple fails once again with iOS Daylight Savings Time bug

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday October 28, 2013.

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Apple iOS 7 was supposed to revolutionize Apple?s mobile operating system, but iPhone owners have discovered that one old problem - a failure to properly handle Daylight Savings Time (DST) - is still messing up their day.

Several users in Europe have reported that their iPhone calendar apps failed to properly make adjustments once DST ended in the UK early Sunday morning. Though the phone correctly displayed the right time by rolling back one hour, the calendar app fails to recognize the time change. The calendar then displays the current time line one hour later than it should. The good news is that alarms and calendar reminders perform correctly, but the bug still causes confusion when looking at a calendar and planning one's day.

Apple has had trouble adjusting to DST in the past. iOS 4 famously had a bug that caused the phone?s clock to trigger alarms one hour too early in some regions and one hour too late in others. The update wasn't fixed right away despite news of the error appearing weeks in advance. The problem happened again in 2011 when the clock rolled back one hour rather than spring forward. This current clock issue is less pressing but still deserves a timely fix. Daylight Savings Time will end in the US this weekend.

source: TUAW

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