Apple: iOS 6 Do Not Disturb Bug Goes Away After January 7

Apple has issued a support article addressing the Do Not Disturb bug that has struck millions of iOS 6 users since January 1. The company’s advice? Wait until after January 7, 2013.

Do Not Disturb iOS 6 2013 Bug

Support Article TS4510, released Wednesday afternoon, presents the following “resolution” to the Do Not Disturb bug:

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.

While it’s good to see that the bug will eventually correct itself after January 7 (by the way, we presume this means it will start working again at midnight on January 8, but it’s not clear from Apple’s language), Apple’s response to the problem leaves much to be desired, and also presents a question about what error in programming would cause the feature to fail to work during the first seven days of the year.

Regardless of the inadequacy of Apple’s response, users of Do Not Disturb should follow Apple’s advice and manually turn the feature on and off until “after January 7.”

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