iPhone Alarms Setting Off One Hour Earlier Due To iOS Bug

File this in the funny bug category. iPhone users in New Zealand who have only recently begun their Daylight Savings Time period are noticing a weird bug on the new iOS 4.1 that seems to be triggering the iPhone alarm an hour ahead of the scheduled time. Apparently, the issue has been plaguing iPhone users […]

File this in the funny bug category. iPhone users in New Zealand who have only recently begun their Daylight Savings Time period are noticing a weird bug on the new iOS 4.1 that seems to be triggering the iPhone alarm an hour ahead of the scheduled time. Apparently, the issue has been plaguing iPhone users (on iOS 4.x) in Indiana, USA since June of this year though it has not been widely noted.

With Australia going into DST early next month and countries like the US scheduled to do the same in November, the proliferation of the bug is likely to increase further in the coming weeks. However, Apple is not likely to issue an update until then. So, expect a proper fix only with iOS 4.2.

iPhone alarm

Meanwhile, if you want to see an end to this bug, try setting the alarm to non-recurring. It seems to be fixing the bug for the time being.

App Folders Missing After iOS 4 Restore? Try This Fix

Steve Jobs described the app folder management on the new iOS as something out of the world and magical. Well, for those who have several hundred apps on their iPhone, it actually is. But that’s only till something goes wrong and you need to restore your iPhone. This is because restoring your iOS 4 brings […]

Steve Jobs described the app folder management on the new iOS as something out of the world and magical. Well, for those who have several hundred apps on their iPhone, it actually is. But that’s only till something goes wrong and you need to restore your iPhone. This is because restoring your iOS 4 brings back all the apps, but the app folders go missing. This means you will have to redo your folder management all over again.

Why does that happen? Apparently, it is because of an elementary problem that even a first-time developer may have done correctly. While performing a restore, the system tries to create the folders first and then restores the apps. The problem with this method is that the folders will need to know the apps that they will hold and consequently, creating the folder at first throws an error since there are no apps to begin with. The simple remedy is thus to perform the restore twice. The first restore brings back all the apps and during the second restore, the folders will be created correctly since the apps are already available. Do remember to not sync your iPhone between the two restores though.

Here is a step by step guide

1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes
2. From the left menu on iTunes, right click on your iPhone model and select ‘Back up‘. Wait for the backup process to complete
3. Now right click on your iPhone device on the left menu once again and select ‘Settings‘. Here, pick ‘Restore‘. Please remember this is only if you also need a firmware restore (Applicable to those who have unlocked their phones). Otherwise, from the ‘Settings‘, pick ‘Restore from Backup
4. If the system tries to sync files, cancel the process. Wait for the restoration to complete
5. Now perform Step 4 once again. Remember to pick the backup file created in Step 2. Wait for the process to complete

You are done. The iOS 4 restore will be done with the app folders.

iTunes 10 Aborting iPad Update Searches With Error

If you have downloaded Apple’s latest iTunes 10 multimedia software, you are likely to see some errors while you plug in your iPad to the device. Many users have been complaining that searching for updates on iTunes 10 with a plugged-in iPad results in a discontinuation of the search along with an error message 1631 […]

If you have downloaded Apple’s latest iTunes 10 multimedia software, you are likely to see some errors while you plug in your iPad to the device. Many users have been complaining that searching for updates on iTunes 10 with a plugged-in iPad results in a discontinuation of the search along with an error message 1631 that reads, “iTunes was unable to search for updates for the network operator settings for your iPhone.

It is either a typo with the error message or it is that the iTunes is unable to differentiate an iPhone from an iPad. Either way, the error is not very significant at the moment considering that the next iPad update is not expected before November of this year. Nevertheless, this is another embarrassing bug that has afflicted Apple products in recent times.

Are you seeing similar bug at your end? Do let us know if you were able to find a fix.

Users Noticing Poor Video Quality On iTunes 10

Apple introduced its revamped version 10 of its iTunes media software earlier this week that brings several new enhancements including the all new music social network called Ping. Apparently, the new iTunes 10 has already been downloaded over 3 million times. Now following the launch, several users are now complaining that they are observing distorted […]

Apple introduced its revamped version 10 of its iTunes media software earlier this week that brings several new enhancements including the all new music social network called Ping. Apparently, the new iTunes 10 has already been downloaded over 3 million times. Now following the launch, several users are now complaining that they are observing distorted and pixelated display of videos that are synced through the new iTunes player. A user complains,

“I have a MacBook Pro running 10.5.8 and I downloaded and installed iTunes 10 just yesterday (Sept 1). Now videos that I purchased as recently as a couple of days ago have vertical distortion lines. I’ve seen that kind of distortion before, though never on a Mac and it’s usually due to some sort of resolution mismatch, but that would be hardware whereas I’m pretty confident that this issue is related to iTunes 10.”

We can confirm that this issue is not isolated and the problem is being noticed by at least several other people. There has not been any widespread report on issues with the new software though. It will be interesting to see if Apple acknowledges or offers a software patch to fix this issue.

Are you noticing similar problems on your side?

iPhone Not Charging From Wall Charger? Try These Fixes

There is one long running thread on the MacRumors forums (since 2007) where several users have complained that they have not been able to charge their iPhones from a wall charger. Apparently, there is no issue when the same cable is used to charge from a computer or while using a charger to power an […]

There is one long running thread on the MacRumors forums (since 2007) where several users have complained that they have not been able to charge their iPhones from a wall charger. Apparently, there is no issue when the same cable is used to charge from a computer or while using a charger to power an iPod from the wall.

This is not a very prevalent case since not many users appear to have come across such a bug, but in case you are facing such an issue, there is a likelihood for the problem to lie with your software. Apparently, the iPhone does not indicate that it’s getting charged though the battery indeed is being powered. In such a case, simply try a soft reset – hold the Home button and Power button down together for a few seconds and perform a reset. This should fix the problem.

To some users, merely charging on a second wall socket seems to have worked.

“I tried charging it using a different wall socket and it worked. When i switched back to the original wall socket, it worked again. Wierd.”

And then, there’s this third alternative that seems to fix the issue, though it sounds more like finger gymnastics

1. switch the mute switch 4 times (up, down, up down)
2. now press home and power for 6-10 seconds
3. wait 30 seconds and turn back on

Are you one of those facing this issue? Does any of these solutions work on your iPhone? Write down in the comments.

iPod Touch Randomly Changing Time After iOS 4 Upgrade

Many iPod Touch users have been complaining on the Apple support forums about a new iOS 4 related issue – the time on their device appears to be randomly changing. Most of the users who have been experiencing this issue have been noticing it only after their device was upgraded to the latest iOS 4 […]

Many iPod Touch users have been complaining on the Apple support forums about a new iOS 4 related issue – the time on their device appears to be randomly changing. Most of the users who have been experiencing this issue have been noticing it only after their device was upgraded to the latest iOS 4 platform. One user writes,

“Similar issue here with my 2nd gen iPod Touch, after upgradeing to iOS4. My time keeps “resetting” to exactly 1 hour 13 minutes behind the actual time, no matter what I set the time to. I’ve noticed it does this when I open certain apps. In particular it seems to be apps that use Location Services, like Yelp, Facebook, and even the preinstalled Maps app. Whether Location Services is on or off makes no difference, opening the app will reset the time.”

There is no word of acknowledgement or possible fixes being offered by Apple right now. Here is a solution you can try out. But this does not work according to some users.

  • Power off the iPod Touch by holding the Home and Power button together
  • Restart by holding down the Power and Home buttons together once again
  • Connect your iPod Touch to iTunes and attempt to Restore via a backup. If possible, try the ‘Restore as new’ option.

Does this work? Do you have an alternate solution? Please tell in the comments.

iPhone 4 Users Seeing “Waiting For Activation” On Facetime

Not everyone has a legitimately unlocked iPhone 4 and not all of these users with an unlocked iPhone 4 switch between 2 SIM cards. And if you are among that tiny group of people who have used more than one SIM on your unlocked iPhone 4, you may be facing this issue. It is being […]

Not everyone has a legitimately unlocked iPhone 4 and not all of these users with an unlocked iPhone 4 switch between 2 SIM cards. And if you are among that tiny group of people who have used more than one SIM on your unlocked iPhone 4, you may be facing this issue.

It is being reported that such users see a message that reads “Waiting for Activation” everytime they access the FaceTime video calling feature using the second SIM. Now it is not clear if all the user in this group face the issue though it is clear that this is not an isolated problem.

Apple has not acknowledged the issue and so there are no official resolution procedures. But if you are facing this trouble, check out the following resolution procedure. For whatever it’s worth, a member at the Apple support forum writes,

“The only thing I did different was having read some posts elsewhere, was activate Facetime on the phone when on a wifi connection and then navigate to Settings > General > About > and leave that page open for a minute or so, then go back to phone and the waiting for activation page was no my number will be shared with other Facetime users.”

iPhone 4 With Bluetooth Pairing Causing Voice-Quality Issues?

The iPhone 4 is really an incredible device – so many problems reported and yet Apple has hardly suffered any significant financial implications. So after all these issues about the antenna, display and proximity sensor have been discussed, here’s a new report that several users seem to have been noticing – Bluetooth pairing. The complaint […]

The iPhone 4 is really an incredible device – so many problems reported and yet Apple has hardly suffered any significant financial implications. So after all these issues about the antenna, display and proximity sensor have been discussed, here’s a new report that several users seem to have been noticing – Bluetooth pairing.

The complaint is primarily that users who pair their iPhone to a bluetooth headset notice their voice getting muffled at the other end. The poor voice quality on the receivers’ end is most often when this is an inbound call though users also seem to be reporting similar issues on outbound calls.

Now, it is also not clear if this is a hardware issue. Some users also note that they are facing this issue on their iPhone 3GS when it is upgraded to iOS 4. Apple Genius Bar members seem to have taken note of this, though the company is yet to make an official acknowledgement of this issue.

Are you facing a similar issue? What’s your problem? Write down in the comments.

YouTube On iPad/iPhone – Users Not Able To Sign In

Quite a few iPad and iPhone users have been reporting this morning that they have been unable to sign in to the iPad’s YouTube application to view their subscriptions and favorited videos. Users who attempt a login are shown a message that reads, “YouTube Not Available“. A message on the Apple Support forums reads, “When […]

Quite a few iPad and iPhone users have been reporting this morning that they have been unable to sign in to the iPad’s YouTube application to view their subscriptions and favorited videos. Users who attempt a login are shown a message that reads, “YouTube Not Available“.

A message on the Apple Support forums reads,

“When I try to log in to the YouTube app on my iPad I get a message telling me the YouTube app is unavailable and then logs back out. I have the correct user and pass so I’m not sure why it’s doing it. All other apps are ok and I am connected to the Internet.”

Now, it is not clear if this is a universal problem. I can however confirm that I am able to replicate the same issue on my iPhone 3G (yes, I love OLD phones) that runs on iOS 3.X.

Are you facing the same issue on your iPhone or iPad? Write down in the comments below.

YouTube not available

Update : The issue appears to be resolved. No more login problems. Strange though that YouTube has not acknowledged it either on their blog nor on Twitter.

Users Reporting iPhone 4 Getting Locked Up Randomly

A small number of users are reported to be facing a minor problem with the new iPhone 4 – the device appears to lock up arbitrarily that gives the impression that the phone battery has died down. However, such users have noticed that the phone comes back to life when the device is given a […]

A small number of users are reported to be facing a minor problem with the new iPhone 4 – the device appears to lock up arbitrarily that gives the impression that the phone battery has died down. However, such users have noticed that the phone comes back to life when the device is given a hard reset. To do a hard reset, users will have to press the Home and Power buttons down simultaneously.

The number of users reporting the issue looks to be insignificantly low. Also, the problem does not seem to be software related. Some users have chimed in noting that the issue could be due to corrupted iOS files that could be causing the locked down issue

If you are one of those users, I would suggest you to connect your iPhone to the computer, back up your files and then perform an iTunes OS restore. This process should replace corrupted files, if any, with their originals and thereby prevent future issues.

Do let us know in the comments if the solution works.