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Among the more than 200 new features that Apple plans to incorporate into next month's release of iOS 6 will be an update to the software's alarm clock application that will have you stumbling out of bed in the morning to your favorite tune.

The little-mentioned feature, which originally turned up in the first betas of iOS 6 back in June, is bound to become on of the most adopted creature comforts of the company's new mobile operating system.

A study conducted last year by YouGov found that nearly 60% of all smartphone users age 16-34 employ their handset as their primary time piece, with roughly 25% of those users saying they also rely on their phones to wake them up in the morning.

While the current version of iOS 5 restricts alarm sounds to Apple's pre-defined ringtones or those purchased via the company's iTunes Store, the release of iOS 6.0 will offer the option for users to designate any song in their iTunes playlist as their custom wake up tune at no additional cost.

The option is available under the "Sound" selector when setting a new alarm or editing an existing alarm under the latest iOS beta. When the software makes its debut in a few weeks, you'll have the option to "Pick a song" from your iTunes playlist or quickly select a previously chosen song before confirming each alarm.



The enhancements to the alarm clock on the iPhone (and iPod touch) will also make their way to the iPad with the debut of the first Apple-authored Clock application for the tablet, which AppleInsider detailed back in June.





iOS 6.0 is expected to make its debut in early September, around the time that Apple officially takes the wraps of its next-generation iPhone on September 12th.
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I tried this feature, found it to be annoying.  Back to the same alert tone I always use...Jetson's doorbell.  


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The "alarm" feature for the clock does this now.  It's done this as long as I can remember.

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As an aside, I hope Apple patches the bug addled 10.8 before it takes a bite out of IOS 6.

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Ah, at last I can be like Phil and wake to I Got You Babe.

 

Boom.

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The "alarm" feature for the clock does this now.  It's done this as long as I can remember.

 

I don't see it on mine.  Just ringtones and built-in sounds.  

 

I like these developments in that they have covered off two of the three reasons why iPhone doesn't work well as an alarm clock (the "do not disturb" mode being the second one).  If they could make the iPhone sit in the charger in landscape mode it would be solved completely. 

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The "alarm" feature for the clock does this now.  It's done this as long as I can remember.

I know that you can fall asleep to music in your library using the timer function but I certainly can't find a way to wake to my music using the alarm function.  Please post a screen shot.

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The speed of innovation coming out of Apple these last 3 revisions of the iPhone are staggering. I only hope my mom will not be frightened by the new iPhone.
 

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Nice, although iPods have done this for ages... granted, they had no speaker so it was less useful!

 

I hope it can run a whole playlist and not just a single song. On my old iPod I made an alarm playlist of songs that got gradually more obnoxious and grating if I didn’t haul my hindquarters out of bed.

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It's about time! My iPod from 2005 could do this and I have no idea why it's taken this long to integrate such a simple and obvious feature into iOS. Maybe they were trying to make room for third party alarm clock apps?

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The little-mentioned feature, which originally turned up in the first betas of iOS 6 back in June, is bound to become on of the most adopted creature comforts of the company's new mobile operating system.
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A feature that has been available in Alarm Clock Pro for well over 1 year and maybe even 2....and I bet most 3rd party apps already do that.

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Pro Tip:

 

Don't use your favorite song as an alarm.  Use your least favorite song.  You're more likely to actually get up if you are immediately filled with rage every morning instead of joy.

 

A country music radio station got me up for college every morning.

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Pro Tip:

 

Don't use your favorite song as an alarm.  Use your least favorite song.  You're more likely to actually get up if you are immediately filled with rage every morning instead of joy.

 

A country music radio station got me up for college every morning.

 

So I can't set it to rock some Taylor Swift to get me up? :)

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Originally Posted by Gazoobee View Post

 

I don't see it on mine.  Just ringtones and built-in sounds.  

 

I like these developments in that they have covered off two of the three reasons why iPhone doesn't work well as an alarm clock (the "do not disturb" mode being the second one).  If they could make the iPhone sit in the charger in landscape mode it would be solved completely. 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B0052G679K/ref=dp_otherviews_z_3?ie=UTF8&img=3&s=wireless

 

 

Solved completely.

You're welcome.

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The speed of innovation coming out of Apple these last 3 revisions of the iPhone are staggering. I only hope my mom will not be frightened by the new iPhone.
 

I would count this as a marginal innovation. A million clock apps of every variety have had it for years now..... I'll bet Apple just bought one that had the IP.

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Lol i was doing this two and a half years ago on android. Cracks me up that apple is so far behind on many features. Oh well. I still look forward to getting my first iphone next month. Have always loved my touch.
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Ah, at last I can be like Phil and wake to I Got You Babe.

 

Boom.


LOL Let's hope Ned Ryerson doesn't find out about this!

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Please. Kust remove this story. It's just embarrassing. If any one was sighting this as a feature of other phone maker, we would all be laughing. ("Oh wow!! <sarc>)

dozens of cheap and free apps that do this. Fine that Apple will build it in, but doesn't warrant a story. Now; if it can play your favorite internet radio stream; then you've got me. (I don't understand why so few of these Apps include that capability)

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It is about time that the iPad got the alarm. That was so stupid for it to not be included. Looks like the decked it out for iPad though. Of course the phone version would have been better than nothIng.

Don't care about the music feature so much since I have my favorite song clips as ringtones and use some for alarms too. More convenient using songs though.

Welcomed changes all around.
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The "alarm" feature for the clock does this now.  It's done this as long as I can remember.


Only for ringtones, which is what the article says.

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Ah, at last I can be like Phil and wake to I Got You Babe.

Boom.

And you'd only ever have to set it up once ...

(One of my all time favorite moves BTW.)
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post #23 of 35

I've been using an app called Sleep Cycle as my alarm for a while now.  It lets you pick your music, but it also trys to wake you up when you're naturally coming out of deep sleep anyway.  Basically you set the time you have to be awake, and put the thing on the corner of your bed (you can't put it to sleep, or it doesn't work, so you have to plug your phone in), and it monitors your movement, and with 30 minutes to go until your wakup time, if it sees you starting to move about more, it will start the music and wake you up gradually.

 

I was highly skeptical when I tried it out, but actually find it tremendous.  I'm much less tired than I am if I use a regular alarm.  It's really impressive.

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A feature that has been available in Alarm Clock Pro for well over 1 year and maybe even 2....and I bet most 3rd party apps already do that.

I think Alarm Clock Pro has been doing this for a lot longer than two years. I'm amazed this is considered newsworthy.
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I think Alarm Clock Pro has been doing this for a lot longer than two years. I'm amazed this is considered newsworthy.

 

Now, if any alarm clock app would look at your "Top 25 Most Played" playlist and pick one at random, that would be different.   That is my idea and royalties are required. lol.gif

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If there's one word I really don't want to hear while lying in bed, it's "gonorrhea."

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This is a feature worth reporting about?

Wow, iOS 6 is going to be pretty damn underwhelming. 

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I tried this feature, found it to be annoying.  Back to the same alert tone I always use...Jetson's doorbell.  


I'm excited. I have my "mentos" theme and incredible hulk "sad walking credits" song at the ready.

Hulk is for the "Monday's" and work days.

Mentos for the days off!
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"at no additional cost." Really?!

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Originally Posted by tyler82 View Post
This is a feature worth reporting about?

Wow, iOS 6 is going to be pretty damn underwhelming. 


Yeah, you certainly haven't been predicting that for the last four years, so it comes as a surprise to you.

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post #31 of 35

What a nice way to ruin your favourite song.

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Originally Posted by Craig Stanton View Post
What a nice way to ruin your favourite song.


My old roommate said the same thing. He had his computer wake him to a song every morning. When he mentioned that he hated it, I suggested he change the song. He then said that he'd rather not another song he liked be ruined for him. lol.gif

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Pro Tip:

 

Don't use your favorite song as an alarm.  Use your least favorite song.  You're more likely to actually get up if you are immediately filled with rage every morning instead of joy.

 

A country music radio station got me up for college every morning.


Exactly, getting woken up with your favourite song is the fastest way to make that song your least favourite song.

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Pro Tip:

Don't use your favorite song as an alarm.  Use your least favorite song.  You're more likely to actually get up if you are immediately filled with rage every morning instead of joy.

A country music radio station got me up for college every morning.

I see your country music, and I raise you dubstep. If that incomprehensible screeching doesn't get you up, nothing will.*

*Coming from a big fan of electronic dance music in general.

   

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With iOS5 I could set the alarm to a playlist, and be pleasantly surprised by the different song from my faves each morning. It would be set to randomly choose a song. Now I have to choose a song, just one song, for my wake-up. How can I get back that cool playlist function I used to love!?????

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