Apple’s Do Not Disturb still busted [Update]

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Apple’s Do Not Disturb feature, which lets iOS 6 users silence alerts for a given period of time, failed to deactivate as scheduled for many users on January 1. I had no problem with it on the 1st, but noticed that today it’s still engaged, hours after it was scheduled to switch off. It’s a mild annoyance, but still an annoyance.

Is anyone else having trouble with this? Have you found a solution? Comments are open.

Update: Apple has addressed the Do Not Disturb bug, saying:

“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.”

So, it will stop being broken on January 7th.

iOS 6 “Do Not Disturb” feature stuck for some users

dndSeveral iOS 6 users are reporting that their iPhone’s Do Not Disturb feature isn’t deactivating as scheduled this morning. iPhone owners at the Whirlpool forums and the MacRumors forums are describing the issue. Do Not Disturb lets users silence iOS 6 alarms for a given period of time. Note that not all users are affected. My iPhone disabled Do Not Disturb this morning at 7:00 AM as expected.

This isn’t the first time Apple’s iPhone has struggled with New Year’s Day. In 2010, single-use, non-repeating alarms failed to sound. Later that year, alarms struggled again with Daylight Savings Time.

Using Apple’s Do Not Disturb for iPhone

Apple introduced Do Not Disturb with the new iPhone and iOS 6. It lets you prevent incoming text messages, notifications and alerts from making noise during a custom time period. It’s so very useful.

For starters, my iPhone no longer wakes me with scoring updates from late-night West Coast baseball games. Do Not Disturb is also great during meetings, when interruptions are absolutely unwelcome, as well as public events or even time you’ve set time aside to be “unplugged” (remember that?). Or maybe you’re just an anti-social misanthrope who still wants an iPhone. In any case, here’s how to get the most out of Do Not Disturb for iPhone.

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