Why your iPhone alarm clock only lets you snooze for 9 minutes

Publish Date
Wednesday, 28 June 2017, 9:51AM

When your dreaded alarm goes off in the morning the usual thought that goes through most people's heads is "just 10 more minutes."

But if you have an iPhone they won't give you that 10 minutes, they'll only give you a measly 9 minutes.

There's actually a reason that your iPhone won't let you snooze for 10 minute periods, and it's a bit of a stupid reason really. 

It's not just Apple being mean, it actually goes back to the days of analogue clocks.

A Q&A on website Quora has explained all, as users explained that it's a sort of homage to history.

Nic Lake wrote: "Early clocks and watches had gears that made it difficult to set a snooze for *exactly* 10 minutes.

"So they aimed for *less than* 10 minutes, aka 9 minutes. Was a pretty standard thing till the 50s.

"Then, when digital clocks came about, it was much easier to code in a 9 minute snooze.

"All they had to do was take the last digit of the previous alarm (say, 5), subtract 1 (now 4), and set the new alarm to go off the next time that number came up. So, 6:45 --> 6:54, and so on."

So, there you have it!

 

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