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‘Do Not Disturb’ Bug Will Fix Itself on January 7th Says Apple

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Apple recently debuted a new commercial to feature ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode, which ironically failed to turn itself off yesterday. According to this Apple support document, the ‘Do Not Disturb’ bug will fix itself:

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.

This is similar to what we previously heard from iPhoneinCanada commenter steve81, as he noted the bug will fix itself on the first Sunday of the year, which in this case will be January 7th. According to his tests the bug will reappear in later years as well:

2013 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 6
2014 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 5
2015 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 4
2016 : Issue not happening even though first day is a Friday
2017 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 8 (Jan 1st is also a Sunday)
2018 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 7
2019 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 6
2020 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 5
2021 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 3
2022 : Issue not happening even though first day is a Saturday
2023 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 8 (Jan 1st is also a Sunday)
2024 : Issue fixed on Sunday Jan 7
Etc…

The same pattern happens if you go back in time as well.

Steve81 notes if Do Not Disturb is scheduled before midnight, the issue and the fix will be delayed one day. So if you’re suffering from this bug, the fix is coming automatically.

[via TNW]

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  • steve81

    If you have it Scheduled at midnight or later, issue will be fixed on Sunday January 6, 2013.
    If you have it Scheduled before midnight or earlier, issue will be fixed on Monday January 7, 2013 (hence fixing it for everyone, now confirmed by Apple).

    Apple will need to fix this bug for next year.

  • Great research and testing dude!

  • jabohn

    I didn’t have a problem with it on Jan. 1, but today, Jan. 2, I noticed it didn’t turn off.

  • steve81

    It’s because you have it scheduled before midnight. The bug is related to the day the start time is scheduled.

  • gerry

    For those of us who shelled out close to $800 for an iPhone, all we get are glitches and maps that don’t tell you the correct location of your destination.

  • MleB1

    Ah, Apple iDevices –

    First, there was “You’re holding it wrong.”

    Then, in the case of Maps, “You’re using it wrong.”

    Now there’s “You’re not meant to rely on it”?

  • Mark

    Yup… that’s “all you get”. Damn lack of absolute perfection. No other options. Things never get fixed. I should get another brand, because all the others are perfect.

  • gtasscarlo

    Another apple screw up, which makes it okay.

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