A support document was posted on Apple’s website, saying that the “Do Not Disturb” bug on iOS 6 will be automatically resolved after January 7. According to the document, the company acknowledges the “symptom” of the problem, wherein the Do Not Disturb mode stays beyond its scheduled end time.
The bug went into effect on New Year’s Day last Tuesday. As stated on the support document:
Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.
To turn off the scheduling feature, tap Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb and switch Scheduled to Off.
The feature will not auto-enable or disable until next Monday, January 7, as it has done since the iOS 6 launch in September 2012.
Apple’s iPhone and a History of New Year’s Bugs
The timing of the “Do Not Disturb” bug is noteworthy, as Apple released a New Year’s Day ad. It touts the function as a key feature of the iPhone 5. The ad also features tennis players Venus and Serena Williams playing ping-pong in a dream against a narrator, which was voiced by actor Jeff Daniels.
Apple’s iPhone has a history of New Year’s bugs. In fact, it encountered a bug at the start of 2011, which prevented non-repeating alarms from ringing. As reported by Apple-centric website AppleInsider during that time:
As various time zones entered the new year, reports began cropping up from iOS users whose one-time alarms has stopped functioning after the device’s clock had ticked over to January 1, 2011. According to reports, the issue affects devices running the iOS 4.2.1, the latest version of iOS.
In relation to this, Apple representative Natalie Harrison confirmed that the company is aware of the problem.
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.
When the company learned of the issue, Apple suggested that users should set recurring alarms until January 3 of that year. After that, alarms automatically started working again properly. Prior to this, Apple also had an iOS alarm bug that caused alarms to miss the daylight saving time change. Because of this, Australian users were woken up an hour early because of it.