‘Do Not Disturb’ iPhone bug won’t be fixed until next week, Apple says

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If you’re one of many iPhone or iPad users who experienced a malfunction when the new year rolled in, there’s a fix on the way, but you’ll have to wait until January 7.

When the clock chimed midnight on January 1, 2013, the ‘Do Not Disturb’ function stopped functioning normally, which likely lead to many a missed call that morning. The feature, which was first released with iOS 6, lets users set a start and end time in which they won’t be disturbed by phone calls, unless they’ve marked the caller as an exception. The bug prevented the DND function from turning off at the user-determined time, instead keeping the phone silent for much longer than expected.

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Apple has addressed the issue, The Huffington Post reports, posting a message in its support documentation. It read:

Symptoms: After January 1st, 2013, Do Not Disturb mode stays on past its scheduled end time.

Resolution: 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.

Unfortunately, this means you’ll have to remember to turn the feature off when you wake up until it resolves itself on Monday. At the very least, users are probably relieved to know there’s an end in sight. Until today, there was no mention from Apple how long it would take to be resolved, or what the fix would be.

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The timing of this bug is especially poor for Apple, as they have just released a commercial advertising the feature using tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in a dream sequence:

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