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Apple: Do Not Disturb bug will 'fix itself'

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Apple has said that it will not take any action over a bug affecting its Do Not Disturb feature on some iOS 6 devices as the flaw will fix itself next week.

Do Not Disturb stops an iPhone from ringing unless specific or urgent calls need to get through.

However, a bug has meant that since January 1 the feature has not turned itself off at the time specified by the user, meaning calls were being diverted to voicemail and the phone would not ring.

A customer tests the new iPhone 5 at the Apple store in Hong Kong

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Apple has been urged to act on the flaw (which is not thought to be affecting all users) but the technology firm has now insisted that it will resolve itself on Monday (January 7).

In a tech support document, the firm acknowledged that Do Not Disturb had stayed on "past its scheduled end time" after January 1.

But it added: "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 said that to turn off the scheduling feature, users should tap Settings, and then Notifications and then Do Not Disturb and switch Scheduled to Off.

Developers have suggested that the problem has been caused by the way the Do Not Disturb software formats dates around the New Year.

Patrick McCarron, an iOS developer, said that Apple may have defined the iOS software dates so that the final week of 2012 was wrongly marked as ending on January 7.

In a message posted to The Guardian's Charles Arthur on Twitter, he said: "If you use a date format string of YYYY (vs yyyy) you get 2012 until 1/7 when it becomes 2013. Easy mistake to make, I have."

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