It appears that iOS 6 is aware that many users are likely to be nursing hangovers come New Year’s morning, thus opting not to disturb them during that time.
As reported by MacRumors, the Do Not Disturb feature in some iDevices hasn’t been shutting off automatically on New Year’s Day.
Introduced in iOS 6 last September, Do Not Disturb is a notification setting that allows you to literally not be disturbed by your iDevice. It’s really useful for when you’re sleeping or, say, attending an important meeting. Watch our iOS Advice video below to learn more about this feature:
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When enabled, whether manually or by schedule, Do Not Disturb silences all calls and alerts that arrive while your device is locked. Also, the feature shows a moon icon in the status bar to indicate that it is currently in effect.
Apparently, some users who have the feature scheduled on their devices have been surprised to see this moon icon when they woke up this morning. For some reason, Do Not Disturb has failed to turn off automatically on their devices as scheduled.
One of these users is IncogRules, who posted about the oddity in the Australian tech forum Whirlpool and jokingly wondered:
Is this a bug or did Apple do this on purpose knowing everyone will be partying out late on new years eve and so gave a little bit of extra time to sleep on new years day :)
In any case, it’s a good thing alarms are independent of the Do Not Disturb feature.
If you’ll recall, the past several years‘ respective New Year’s mornings were met with the discovery of bugs that disabled built-in iOS alarms. Those had more serious repercussions than the present issue, since it’s generally more important to be woken on time than be not disturbed anytime.
I’m a pretty heavy sleeper (with or without a hangover). As such, I don’t use Do Not Disturb and can’t confirm the existence of the bug on any of my iDevices. But how about you? Did your iDevice not disturb you longer than scheduled this New Year’s morning?