ANOTHER DAY, another iPhone bug. This time it's related to changing the date on iOS after users reported that setting it to 1 January 1970 will render iPhones and iPads completely useless.
No, we're not sure why you'd do this either, but it's apparently a trick wreaking havoc on handfuls of Reddit users who now have an expensive brick on their hands. You can see the bug in action in the video below, because, let's be honest, you probably don't want to try it out yourself.
This easily avoidable bug affects any iOS device that uses a 64-bit processor and runs iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones, iPads and the iPod touch.
The problem begins if the device is rebooted, after the date has been set to 1 January 1970. Users reported that their iPhone failed to switch back on after doing so.
One Reddit user tried it, and warned that the iPhone-bricking trick could make its way into hackers' hands.
"When the date of a 64-bit iOS device is set to 1 January 1970, the device will fail to boot," they said.
"Connecting the device to iTunes and restoring it to factory defaults will not put the device back in working order. Instead, a physical repair is required.
"When connected to public WiFi, iPhone calibrates its time settings with an NTP server. Attackers can send malicious NTP requests to adjust every iPhone's time settings to 1 January 1970, hence bricking every iPhone connected to the same network."
Another added vaguely: "I just tried on a 6s Plus can confirm. iPhone does not start."
If you can't resist pushing the big red button, there's a way to stop it borking your iPhone or iPad for good. A savvy Reddit user reported that letting the battery drain to zero or disconnecting it from the device will solve the problem. µ
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