iOS feature request: Alarms you can control

Why not in iOS

Make alarms great again. Image c/o Marco Verch and Flickr.

Why can’t you choose which days an alarm you create on your Clock app on iPhone or iPad tries to wake you up?

Why do you have to remember to switch off your daily alarm when you roll in a little worse for wear on a Friday night, looking forward to the weekend? How can Apple be so cruel as to wake you up at 7am the next morning?

Why can’t you define which days these alarms sound? What if you have different alarms on different days, is it rocket science to allow people to set different alarms for days of the week?

Then we have public holidays, or holidays generally, come to that. Why can’t I tell Siri, “Hey Siri, I’m on holiday between September 1 and August 31,” and have our assistant jump into its swimwear (and ask about the alarms?).

Why do I even have to think of this on a public holiday? Why can’t my iOS device ask me “It’s a holiday tomorrow, do you want to be woken up at [state alarm time], would you like to wake at another time, or shall I leave you alone?”

Why (when machine intelligence is meant to be helping us with our lives) do I have to remember to deal with this? Why do I have to have an alarm app that’s just full of alarms at different times?

It’s not so hard. It’s the kind of feature that really makes people’s lives better (by giving them time to do other stuff). It’s not all about surveillance capitalism, is it?

So, could someone at Apple make alarms great again, please?


Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

2 Responses

  1. Leland says:

    Can’t vote because it already does this (well, apart from the no-alarms-on-holidays part… but some of us work on holidays anyway).

  2. Rick Farris says:

    How do you *stop* a timer (once it goes off) on the HomePod? The only way I know is to tap on the top of the device. It sucks when it’s across the room.

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