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Grand Clock

Grand Clock 1.5.4 in the App Store

An update with cosmetic and stability enhancements is now available.

To decrease conflicts with other audio apps, the tick tock sound will no longer play when the app is in the background.*

The update includes compatibility fixes that allow correct scheduling and playback of musical chimes, correct speaker output, and an accessibility enhancement for VoiceOver users.


* For those who are interested, the ability to play a sound while the app was not running in the foreground was further restricted by changes to how audio sessions and routing sound to the main speaker are handled in iOS. Other projects demand attention, and by eliminating this feature, which most users do not use, the update was able to be released, as opposed to the alternative, which was to discontinue the app.

Grand Clock and iOS 9

A few users have reported intermittent problems with chimes not always chiming after upgrading to iOS 9. Once the circumstances that trigger this issue are identified and the problem is fixed, an update will be posted. Additionally, a slight delay when striking the hours has been introduced with the upgrade that will also be corrected soon.

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Grand Clock iOS 8 Tip: Enable Notifications

A change in iOS 8 makes it necessary to enable notifications in order for the chimes to sound when Grand Clock is not running.

Go to the Settings app and select Notifications. Scroll to find Grand Clock, select it, and enable notifications.

Grand Clock 1.5 Update Released

New setting for background chiming
  • new! Schedule chime start and stop hours
  • New! Time spoken aloud when VoiceOver is enabled and the clock is tapped
  • New higher quality tick-tock sound
  • Fixed Whittington quarter hour chime
  • Fixed instance where the Gong chime did not sound when the app was in the foreground with frequency set to 15 minutes
  • Fixed failure of chime to sound when VoiceOver was enabled

Grand Clock Version 1.3.5 (Crash fix)

An update to Grand Clock that fixed crashing problems in testing has been submitted to the App Store and should be available sometime between September 25-29.

Grand Clock Version 1.3.4 (FIX)

If you updated Grand Clock May 28-29 to version 1.3.3 you will encounter a crash when you try to preview a new chime.

This bug is corrected in the next update, which will be available on the App Store in a few days.

Compatibility verified for Grand Clock when using the latest Apple software

Everything in Grand Clock works the same as with previous versions of the Apple software. One thing about the new iPhone 5S is that more people may be setting their iPhone to be passcode (fingerprint) locked. In that case, the background chime will not sound when the iPhone is passcode locked. That was also true in iOS 6.

The volume of the chimes when played in the background is still controlled by the volume setting in Settings > Sound > Ringer and Alerts. It is also still muted when the silent switch is in the silent position.

Grand Clock: Chimes Sound Whether App is Running or Not

New setting for background chiming
You can now turn on the background chime to hear it play in the background while you are doing other things in the foreground! The chimes will be heard as loud as your "Ringer and Alerts" volume setting indicates, so make sure that you adjust that accordingly. That setting is found in the Settings App, under General > Sounds.

This update also addresses problems that caused the application to quit unexpectedly on the newest iPhone and iPad. The pendulum has also been enhanced in appearance. More updates are planned soon to add the option to silence the background chime at night, and to play other high quality chime melodies.

Grand Clock Settings

Did you know...?

You can change settings in Grand Clock inside the app by tapping the settings icon, or by launching the Settings app, where you will find Grand Clock listed along with many of your other apps.

Users who rely on VoiceOver to use their iOS device will find it simple to change settings using the standard Settings interface they are accustomed to using.