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iPhone users try telling their bosses the alarm didn't go off

Your iPhone may think you need a lie-in

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An unknown number of iPhone users have been reporting that their alarms may go off on time, but without making a sound, so it's not their fault they're late at all.

Maybe Apple's latest earnings are going to be so bad that the company is experimenting with making people sleep in and miss the call. Or possibly iPhone users are letting their alarms vibrate instead of make sounds.

While there are long-standing threads on the Apple support forums about the issue, the one solid fact appears to be that the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has a really tight schedule. According to her tweet asking if the rumors are true, she gets up at 6:50 A.M. daily.

Not 7 A.M., not 6:30 A.M., but dead on 6:50 A.M., so she has places to be, things to do — and her alarm works just fine. And, frankly, so do ours.

AppleInsider has reached out to Apple regarding the alleged problem, but as yet can't confirm it or a solution.

There are reports that it may be tied to the iPhone's attention awareness feature. This is the StandBy option that lets users show a clock that is constantly on screen all night, but brightens slightly when it's being looked at.

Allegedly, turning off attention awareness resolves the issue, at least for some users. Here's how to turn Attention Awareness off.

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose Accessibility
  3. Tap on Face ID & Attention
  4. Toggle Attention-Aware Features off

Or alternatively just turn over and have a lie-in. Use this article to back you up.