Apple has released an acknowledgement that the sporadic issues with Do Not Disturb are legitimate and are being addressed. On the Apple Support site yesterday, Apple posted article TS4510 which outlines the problem of Do Not Disturb mode staying on even after the scheduled time for it end has passed. The resolution to the issue is interesting:
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.
What makes this interesting is the “resume normal functionality” statement. Does this mean that whatever this bug is, likely algorithm related, runs its course on 7 January and things return to normal? Or does it mean that we can expect to see a hot patch of some sort for iOS 6 to resolve the issue on 7 January? It really doesn’t matter but the blogosphere is alight with the idea that this will be a software patch – I’m not convinced yet.
A deeper question – and I’d like to hear your thoughts – is why does Apple have a difficult time with the calendar rolling to a new year and Daylight Savings Time? They have been plagued with issues related to one or the other or both in iOS 4, iOS 5 and now iOS 6.
You can read TS4510 here and remember to turn off DND manually between now and the 7th.