Tech giant Apple has said that the 'Do Not Disturb' bug will probably self-fix by next Monday.
Customers enter the Apple flagship retail store to purchase the new iPad in San Francisco, California. Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith
The popular Do Not Disturb feature stops the iPhone ringing unless specific or persistent callers are trying to get in touch.
Since January 1, however, it has not turned itself off
at the time specified by users.
In a new support document, Apple acknowledged the problem, describing it as "after January 1st, 2013, 'Do Not Disturb' mode stays on past its scheduled end time," the Telegraph reports.
It said, however, that "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."
Apple iOS developer Patrick McCarron suggested on Twitter that Apple had made a common mistake by incorrectly formatting how the iOS software defines dates, allowing the underlying software, based on Unix, to define the final week of 2012 as ending on January 7.
According to the report, that would mean the feature would resolve itself as Apple suggests.