iOS 6 users, like myself, who schedule their Do Not Disturb mode to automatically turn on and off at certain hours woke up on New Year’s Day to find that it had not been shut off at the scheduled time. Ironically, that same day, Apple aired an add with famous tennis players Venus and Serena Williams promoting the Do Not Disturb feature in the iPhone 5.
Today, Apple has acknowledged that there is a bug and it will be fixed, with no work on the user’s end. “Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013,” Apple wrote. “Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.”
To do this, simply tap Settings to switch Do Not Disturb on or off. You can shut off the scheduling feature until January 7th by going to Notifications within Settings and then tapping Do Not Disturb to manage your options.
The bug isn’t really that big of a deal for me. If the Do Not Disturb feature stopped working altogether I’d be pissed, but it’s only the scheduling portion of it. I’m more than positive some people are furious about it. After all, Apple can’t seem to figure out the calendar/alert issues. Two years ago, the iPhone alarm clock failed to work on New Year’s morning.
Even though I think the DND issue is minor, being minor is precisely the reason why Apple should have it under control.