Did You Oversleep Today? Blame Your iPhone

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Apple’s iPhone has been the subject of much annoyance for many already in 2011 — and it’s only Jan. 3.

A ‘Year 2000″-esque bug suppressed the alarm function of the iPhone on January 1 and 2 for iPhone owners who set single day alarms on those dates. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison told Reuters in an e-mail, “We’re aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.” However, many overslept on Jan. 3 after the ‘self fix’ appears to have failed once again.

(See the iPhone 4 in TIME’s Top 10 of Everything 2010.)

The glitch does beg the question, whatever happened to the alarm clock? But many, including some of us here at NewsFeed, depend on cell-phone alarms just out of convenience. However, people worldwide are waking up to face the consequences of a lie-in and some, in good humor, have pointed out the benefits of a more antiquated approach to morning alarms. Holly Wheeler from Edinburgh in Scotland posted on the BBC comments page that she was, “just off out to get myself a rooster,” and reminds us that despite technological advancements, mod-cons are only as reliable as the people who use them.

(See photos from the iPad’s unveiling on TIME.com.)

If you are one of the millions who own an iPhone, then NewsFeed suggests going out and doing something else which begins with the letter i: invest in an alarm clock, just to be safe. (Via PCMag.com.)