A Stealth software gremlin


A stealth software gremlin is plaguing iPhone users and enabling alarms to betray their one job – making noise. Across iPhone models and iOS versions, alarms are glitching to silent or barely audible, causing legions of groggy oversleepers.

This alarm muting defect spans iPhone generations from the XR to latest iPhone 15. And it persists across multiple iOS updates, with some users reporting issues as far back as iOS 15.4. Despite Apple’s usual rigor of testing, the alarm sound bug somehow slipped into various system builds.

And without a functioning alarm, iPhones morph from magical productivity optimizers into expensive paperweights. Users nationwide are sounding the alarm on social channels about the issue. Colleagues, classmates and family members alike complain they are forced to shake off the cobwebs manually after muted wake up calls.

The reach of the problem indicates a deep-rooted software or settings defect. Some owners speculate updated attention/focus features could interact badly with alarms. Others blame complex custom alarm audio routines overloading iOS. Either way, clearly something interrupts iPhone’s fail-safe alarm backup mechanisms.

In the absence of an Apple solution, affected users brainstorm workarounds like avoiding custom tones, limiting alarm numbers and manually triggering volume before bed. But inconvenient remedies only temporarily patch a reliability gap that Apple urgently needs to close.

Functionality faults erode trust in any gadget no matter how advanced. For now a simple alarm app remains prone to failure even on Apple’s revered iPhones. So buyers expecting an always-on digital assistant should prepare a few old-school battery backups.

Because until Apple locates the mute button mysteriously holding alarms hostage, there’s no guarantee your iPhone will play reveille on time. Plan to rise and shine at your own risk.

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