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A number of iPhone users may be questioning their popularity this year thanks to a New Year's-induced bug in iOS 6. As the year-o-meter rolled over into 2013, some iPhones simply refused -- and may yet still refuse (update: a fix is expected early next week) -- to ring while receiving an incoming call. This behavior is due to an iOS scheduling bug which has enabled its Do Not Disturb feature in perpetuity.
Apple's DND feature allows users to automatically send all incoming calls directly to voicemail, including an option to whitelist contacts on their Favorites list. There's probably a "ringing in the new year" pun to be made here, but I digress...
The coding snafu was apparently triggered by the new year and, for some users, cannot be fixed by simply toggling the DND feature off and on. However, some iPhone owners have reported that restarting their device fixed the issue while others claim their DND woes persist.
Ironically, Apple chose Wednesday to launch a new advertisement featuring the William sisters (Venus and Serna Williams of tennis fame) to show off its Do Not Disturb feature, adding insult to injury.
Interestingly, a new support document on Apple's website claims its broken DND feature will begin working normally on January 7. Until then though, Apple suggests users turn the feature off by tapping Settings > Notifications > Do Not Disturb. The support page also indicates iPads and iPods could be affected as well.
It's worth noting that iOS has suffered at least two other calendar-related bugs.
If you've experienced this issue yourself and managed to discover a fix, please kindly share your solution here -- some of our readers may be interested in resolving this problem before Monday.
The iPad mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
The Apple iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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