Changing Time and Date setting to Jan 1, 1970 will brick your iPhone

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A simple bug in iPhone founded by Zach Straley on YouTube shows that if you set the time and date to January 1, 1970 will brick your iPhone.

The iOS device will fail to boot, stuck at display of Apple logo.

This glitch got lot of attention on reddit with people experimenting on their iPhone devices to see if it worked. This glitch works on any iOS device that uses a 64-bit processor and is running iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. To avoid this, simply let your iPhone automatically set the time.

For people who tried this for fun and got their iPhone bricked had to visit to their local Apple store and replace their iPhone under warranty.

Other way to fix this problem is to wait until the battery die and then plug the charger in iPhone and reset. You can see blue screen for about 3 seconds after few minutes. This worked for few people and didn’t work for others.

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William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Changing Time and Date setting to Jan 1, 1970 will brick your iPhone

  • February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm
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    1 jan 1970= Begining of POSIX TIME STAMP

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  • February 19, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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    1 jan 1970 was the beginning of the POSIX TIME STAMP or the UNIX time count.

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