iPhone users around the world found themselves sleeping in once again as a bug in the alarm app left iPhone alarms silent since the start of the new year. 

The bug, which has affected the owners of the Apple smartphone for two days, is the second time the iPhone alarm has been hit by a glitch that means it doesn’t go off.

Apple say they are aware of the problem:

"We're aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in a statement quoted by Macworld.

"Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3."

However that hasn’t helped the thousands of people who claim they’ve been late for work, missed trains, and even planes because their alarms didn’t go off.

“I have the same issue, my kids woke me up. First the daylight saving issue, now this. Apple needs to fix this and other issues ASAP. Stop doing a Microsoft, and actually test things before you send updates out : ( “ said Jedi300 on the Apple support forums.

Greg123456 asked:

“What compensation will Apple offer for those of us unfortunately enough to be working this morning 1st Jan, and 2 hours late to work? I guess I shouldnt rely on my iphone as a alarm clock, but when you spend upwards of $1000 on a phone with alarm functionality, you expect it to work, without the need for a second alarm clock!”

While user MissingGolf said:

“Been a long hard year at work and was looking forward to an early Golf Game!!! Missed it! Thanks for the New Year wishes Apple......My alarm didn't go off. Very basic flaw for a smartphone that could be considered as a benchmark. I just tried setting the recurring alarm and it worked - too late for my golf today. Looking forward to an early response from Apple...... “

Users not wanting to trusted Apple’s it will work fine on the 3 January should set the alarm to repeat rather than single use, that setting isn’t affected.

Did you sleep in? Let us know if you were affected by the alarm fault in the comments below.