Setting iPhone date to 1970, will brick it

Internet trickery with Apple date bug will leave devices useless and restore methods on iTunes won’t work

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Setting iPhone date to 1970, will brick it Manually setting Apple devices to 1 January 1970, means users will be left with an expensive yet worthless handset
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 14, 2016

Another Apple bug has been reported and in this instance, manually setting an Apple device to 1 January 1970 will leave it completely useless.

The cause of the big has not been confirmed, however reports on Reddit said that the fail-safe restore techniques using iTunes are not able to repair the problem and when restarting the device, the Apple logo will appear, but only to get permanently stuck.

Though it is unlikely Apple owners will want to set their devices back to 1970, it is possible that they could be tricked. The notorious anonymous forum 4Chan, leaked a post stating changing the date will result in an image of a rainbow-coloured Apple logo Easter egg, however this is not the case.

The bug within the date and time settings affects the iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches with 64-bit processors running on iOS 8 or iOS 9, and including the iPhone 5S or newer, the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and the 2015 sixth generation iPod touch or newer.

The bug is linked to the same Unix glitch which caused Facebook to wish its users a happy 46 years.

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