The Real Reason Your iPhone Only Lets You Snooze For 9 Minutes

Can't We Have Just One More Minute

Can't We Have Just One More Minute

Everybody knows the call of the morning alarm, and unless you're one of those people extremely fond of every waking moment you can squeeze from a day, you're probably equally familiar with the snooze function on your iPhone.

But have you ever noticed that the chosen time for snoozing is 9 minutes?

Why Not 10?

Why Not 10?

Seriously though, why nine minutes? Why not ten? Ten seems like a far more reasonable amount of time, not only because it is a nice rounded number, but because it's more than nine minutes, damn it!

There's A Legit Reason

There's A Legit Reason

When we say that there is a reason for this apparent madness, what we really mean is that there is a reason (the legitimacy of that reason is really up to the individual).

According to The Sun, the thing about it being nine minutes of snooze time can be traced to before the digital age...

Paying Tribute

Paying Tribute

It's basically Apple's effort at paying homage to the history of clocks.

It used to be that “Early clocks and watches had gears that made it difficult to set a snooze for *exactly* 10 minutes," writes Nic Lake for Quora.

Coding a Snooze

Coding a Snooze

“So they aimed for *less than* 10 minutes, aka nine minutes," Lake continues. "It was a pretty standard thing till the 50s.

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

“All they had to do was take the last digit of the previous alarm, subtract one, and set the new alarm to go off the next time that number came up. So, 6:45 to 6:54, and so on".