iHome+Sleep, the alarm clock app from the experts on alarm clocks
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iHome+Sleep is the award-winning*, feature-rich alarm clock for iOS devices from iHome. iHome+Sleep requires iOS 4.3 or later on iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. For extensive information about iHome apps and app-enhanced products, visit us at http://www.ihomeaudio.com/apps.
iHome+Sleep is the most feature rich alarm clock app for iOS. Including many ways to enhance your sleep lifestyle, including:
• Fully customizable alarm manager
• Nap alarms
• Gentle wake
• Wake and Sleep volume control
• Wake and Sleep to iPod library
• Wake and Sleep to Internet Radio (requires $1.99 iHome+Radio app)
• Wake and Sleep to Zen Sounds (requires .99¢ iHome Zen app. **PLEASE NOTE: This feature requires an iCloud account! You must be logged in to iCloud to get Zen sounds in iHome Sleep!**)
• Full screen clock display with custom photo backgrounds
• Sleep statistics and editable sleep log
• Wake and Sleep reminders
• Integration with iHome Set for quick configuration of iHome app-enhanced devices
On iOS 5 and later, you must slide Bedtime before going to sleep in order to hear your desired wakeup tone/music/station. If you don't slide Bedtime, and then you lock your iOS device screen, the alarm will behave as a background alarm, read on for warnings about background alarm behavior.
On iOS 4.1 and later, iHome+Sleep supports backgrounded alerts for the programmed app alarms. This feature is NOT recommended for use when docked to any speaker dock, including some of iHome's app-enhanced speaker docks. Background alerts from apps like iHome+Sleep will not sound from the iPhone/iPod internal speaker while docked to an audio accessory, and therefore may go un-detected by users if the audio accessory is powered off, or muted, or in a different mode (such as FM radio). iHome recommends only relying on background alarms when your device is undocked, or connected to a non-audio-capable charger accessory.
Some new iHome speakers are also "app-friendly," and will automatically power on when audio is detected from the iOS device. If your iHome is app-friendly, you will avoid the above issues.
iHome+Sleep and related app-enhanced products have won numerous awards, including:
• 2010 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award (iA5)
• 2011 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award (iA100)
• 2011 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award (iA63)
• iLounge's CES 2010 Best of Show (iHome+Sleep, iA100)
• iLounge's CES 2010 Best of Show Finalist (iA5)
• Chicago Tribune: Gadget Roundup's Gadget of the Year 2010 (iA100)
• iLounge's 2010 Clock Radio of the Year (iA100)
• iLounge's 2010 iPad/iPhone/iPod Accessory of the Year (iA100)
The Innovations Design and Engineering Award is based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges. CEA did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims made and did not test the item to which the award was given.
What's New in Version 2.9
• Bug fixes and changes in order to meet iOS compliance.
Please note, this build changes the way alarming works. iHome Sleep must now be running in the foreground in order to trigger your alarms. **Do not lock your iOS device or otherwise put it in the background before you go to sleep**. Adjust your Bedtime brightness in the settings if you'd like the display turned down upon sliding the Bedtime slider.
After first purchasing an alarm clock and downloading the app, there were a few growing pains, but overall I was satisfied. After literally a week, I am livid. iHome seems to think providing a buggy app is acceptable for something so fundamental as an ALARM CLOCK, especially when they make the clock truly functional only with the app. First, iHome insists you run the app in the unlocked foreground. Well, initially the screen would at least go black, so all I had to deal with was a faint glow from the screen. Now, the screen graphic stays on all night. Even at the lowest setting, the screen throws light and shadows across the entire room. Keep in mind, this setting is devised to be bright enough so that you can use your phone. Does iHome really think people want to sleep with this glowing in their face? Additionally, even after struggling with the screen illuminating the room, nine times out of ten the alarm still defaults to the weak buzzer tone, no matter how it's set. And with all its bells and whistles, iHome doesn't give the option of changing the volume of the alarm's basic tone, which apparently you'll be hearing no matter what you choose. I'm going to Wal-Mart, and buying a $20 cheapo, that will at least wake me up, guaranteed, for a year. iHome should be ashamed.
Giving it one star only because the kickbacks paid to iTunes made it necessary to submit this review.
The latest update to the iHome+Sleep app for the iPhone was disastrous! I saw the backlash in the app reviews. Wish I had checked there before downloading it! My big complaint is that you screwed up the Bedtime dimming mechanism. Now, instead of dimming the screen at night, it is reducing the contrast! So, it makes the time impossible to see, while the screen is still bright! It's just a bright blank screen! Until you touch it, then the contrast returns momentarily, and then it becomes useless again after a few seconds. PLEASE fix this! Otherwise, I'll have to search for a new app. My other complaint is that unless the power is ON when the phone is in the dock, the alarm does not sound thru the dock speakers. But turning the dock's power ON causes the music to automatically start playing at whatever volume it was set to, often disturbing my spouse when going to bed at night. PLEASE make it so that the music doesn't start automatically! Also, since a few updates ago, the app has lost the ability to go into landscape mode when you turn the iPhone sideways. That option was nice when using the app and the iPhone is plugged in outside of the dock. PLEASE allow landscape mode again! Apparently, the alarm functionality has changed also. I leave my phone docked/charging all night, so I haven't had a problem yet, but please get this together and FIX IT SOON!
Enough with the hate
Seriously, with all the negative reviews, I thought I might have made a mistake purchasing an IDL45. But, things are just fine. The app is stable and doesn't crash on my iPhone 5. The alarm clock auto sets it's time. The alarms work fine. The zen sounds ($.99 app) adds some neat extras. The set app makes configuring the clock easy.
As far as the lock screen goes, it does need to be in the foreground, but you can 100% dim the screen. Not sure what you're all doing with your phone where it cannot run in the foreground - personally I'm sleeping and not using my phone. You slide the little bedtime slider, it dims out completely, it comes back on when the alarm goes off. It works.
There's also a number of ways to configure alarm options - very easy to poke around and figure out what each setting does. The only thing missing is the Internet radio streaming - the app appears to have been pulled? So you're stuck with your playlists.
Anyway, this app is not 1star review worthy as many have given it. Is it perfect? No, but it works pretty darn good regardless.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Feb 18, 2013
- Version: 2.9
- Size: 10.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: SDI Technologies
- © 2012 SDI Technologies, Inc.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.