Some iPhone users may be a little harder to reach today. When the calendar turned over to 2013 Tuesday, the Do Not Disturb function in the iOS6 operating system -- the mobile platform for the iPhone and iPad -- developed a bug, according to users.
The Do Not Disturb function, which is new to iOS 6, allows users to set a time when their phone will not ring -- calls will go directly to voicemail. Users schedule the time for the feature to start and to end.
The problem, apparently, is that since the new year began, the Do Not Disturb function does not always turn off as scheduled. As a result, calls continue to go to voicemail.
In a bit of bad timing for Apple, the company chose this week to launch a new commercial, featuring Venus and Serena Williams, promoting the Do Not Disturb function.
On the MacRumors Website, a place where Apple product users post comments, there was some discussion of the problem today.
Didn't notice right away
“I didn't notice anything wrong with it yesterday on the 1st because I was sleeping in, but it's officially on two minutes after it should have turned itself off on the 2nd,” a user going by aardwolf posted.
Another user using the handle Bezetos wondered why Apple bothered to make an ad promoting a feature that has been available on other platforms.
“Will I be going too far by saying that Apple are starting to have little to say for themselves these days?” Bezetos asked.
Other posters reported that going into “settings” and turning off the Do Not Disturb function, then turning it on again, seems to reset the system so that it operates properly.