A scene that's becoming all to familiar for iPhone users
Apple seems to still be having some trouble with alarm clocks. A couple months ago it was the Daylight Savings Time bug that caused alarms to go off at the wrong hour, and just earlier this week a New Years bug caused iPhones with non-repeating alarms to not set off at all. However, those who had alarms set to repeat (for instance, every Monday-Friday) experienced no issues that we've heard of. The good news is that the bug has fixed itself, because the bug was just a weird thing that occurred with some numbers and once January 3rd came around, things were supposed to autofix. Unfortunately, it seems that some are still having issues with their alarm clocks. Despite hearing that things would be fixed. Yeah, that sucks. So what else can we do? Two bugs in about three months is a bit worrisome for a number of iPhone owners. After all, the ol' "my alarm clock didn't go off" only gets you off the hook so many times with the boss. What's a person to do? (On a personal note, the alarm hasn't affected me and the daylight savings bug seemed to hit my device randomly until I decided to reset the alarm.)
How about check out a few alarm clock Apps that may help you get around using the built-in one on the iPhone? Oh yeah!
1) Alarm Clock Free
We all like getting stuff for free, right? Well, this alarm clock, called Alarm Clock Free is a free App that turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a virtual digital alarm clock. What's nice is that it even has the weather and the temperature to make much of what you may need accessible from one screen.
2) Night Stand HD – Alarm Clock
The sweet thing about this App, as the HD in the name indicates is that it works for the iPad as well. Of course that would make for a very large alarm clock, but at least it will let you put the device across the room and see it clearly, that way you always have to get out of bed to shut off the alarm or hit the snooze button. At that point, you are usually awake enough to just wake up and get on with your day.
3) Alarm Tunes Lite
Alarm Tunes Lite is another free App, but it's one of our favorite because it gives you the ability to wake up to your favorite songs. The image taken from the App Store page shows us that the developer is probably a fan of John Mayer. Probably not what I'd want to wake up to in the morning, but we have plenty of our own favorites on our playlist.
4) Nightstand Central Free
Each of the alarm clock Apps we've looked at has some qualities about it that make parts of it better than others. This one gives you the weather and has changeable wallpapers, which is always nice. Added bonus? It's free.
5) This Cheap Sony Alarm Clock – Not an App
No, this isn't a joke. If you want to have an alarm clock that's so simple it just tends to work, find one at your local Wal-Mart or Cosco for 10 to 15 bucks. In fact, it's good to have this one ready in case the iPhone alarm craps out or vise versa.
Prevent Future Problems
While we can't garantee that these solutions will work for everyone every time, we can say it's better than relying on nothing more than the iPhone's built-in alarm. That's not to say that the application is bad, but sometimes things get buggy. Make sure you have a backup plan, and you can sleep better at night knowing that you won't be late for your next meeting.