Monday 9 December 2019

Apple to fix 1970 bug that bricks iPhones


Emma Clark

Apple has acknowledged that there is a bug that can brick iPhones if the date is changed to 1970 and will release a fix in a software update.

A nasty iPhone bug has been discovered that can break handsets if the date is set to 1 January, 1970. Apple has said that it is aware of the issue and is working on a fix.

Apple has updated its support page to acknowledge the problem. It now reads, "Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart."

An upcoming software update will include a fix for this issue. But it's unclear when that software update will actually arrive.

If you've been caught out - maybe someone changed it on you, told you that something interesting would happen, or curiosity got the better of you - Apple says that you should contact Apple Support.

You can see the bug in action in the video below.

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