iPhone 5 Glitch Messes With Date And Time

    October 19, 2012
    Chris Crum
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As previously reported, iPhone 5 users are complaining about an apparent software glitch related to the keyboard feature. Users are also complaining about another glitch involving the automatic date/time settings.

Specifically, users are talking about incorrect days and times being displayed. There’s a big thread about this in Apple’s support forums. The thread starts with a user saying:

So, I activated my vzw iPhone5 Saturday. Very much enjoying it. Woke up yesterday and was very confused because my phone thought it was 8/26/12 and 30 minutes later than the actual time. I reset network settings and it self resolved…until this morning. I woke up and looked at my phone and had a melt down because my alarm never went off. I hurriedly got ready and looked at the microwave as I ran out, and it was 30 minutes earlier than my iPhone said.

My iPhone apparently is doing something weird and reverting to 8/26/12 + 30 minutes while I (and it) sleep. It throws off iMessage and I’m sure the rest of the date/time dependent apps, so I’ve turned off the automatic time setting for now, and its fine now (so far lol). But I would like to know what the real issue is if possible!?! Is it my phone? VZW? Does it matter?

Since the original post on September 24, there have been numerous complaints along the same lines from other users. To date, there are 361 replies.

Some believe the glitch is related to Verizon’s network in the U.S. AppleInsider reported on the issue, and was unable to obtain comment from either Apple or Verizon. Mikey Campbell writes:

While the exact cause of problem is unknown, speculation points to a bug with how the timing code embedded in Verizon’s CDMA cell network is handled.

In order to operate properly, all CDMA cell towers transmit a time signal based on data from an on-site GPS receiver, allowing the network to stay in synchronization. It is possible that either Apple’s handset is somehow misinterpreting the time signals, or timing data from certain Verizon cell towers is faulty, though at this point the theories are mere conjecture.

One user in Apple’s forum said they had talked to Verizon, who confirmed that they had heard other complaints about the issue.

  • Anthony

    So I think I may have experienced something similar. What appeared to be the cause was the 4G/LTE service. The time was correct when I was on my WIFI or LTE was disabled. I’m not exactly certain what corrected it finally. I believe it was turning off LTE, manually setting time zone (on LTE it kept falling back to Cupertino!?) Anyway after forcing the time zone change while on cellular(nonLTE) I reverted back to automatic on the time zone and restarted the phone. Afterwards I enabled LTE and it seems to have held the time thereafter and on subsequential restarts too. Hope this helps, if at all. iOS 6 ehh!

    • acordo01

      I doubt its verizon as i have a droid razr with verizon and haven’t had an issue with timing. Maybe its just something else that apple just looked over and missed it happens its electronics

  • EW :: Player3

    I and my wife have had no issues with this thus far. If you’re getting multiple complaints in certain locations and only with VZW, I’d make a high bet this has more to do with the network than the phone.

  • Vin

    Soon there will be a comment from Apple… Working as designed! Just adjust your clocks by 30 minutes and you will be all set.

  • http://www.techlido.blogspot.com/ Umar

    Well I am using this without facing any problem. I think it depends on your location. No complaints are reported yet in Dubai.