Last week, we came across a deadly iPhone bug where setting the date to January 1, 1970 could brick your iPhone forever. As of now, only iPhones, iPod touch and iPads running on 64-bit processors are affected by the bug. While regular recovery tricks don t work, Apple has acknowledged the issue and said that it will include a fix in its future software update. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than AndroidAlso Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
Apple s said on its support page Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart. It is suspected that it could be a UNIX timestamp epoch related bug which causes the kernel to crash. The bug has also caused a lot of headache for Apple Store employees as people have been intentionally setting the date back to 1970 on demo iPhones and iPads to break the products, 9to5Mac reports. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
While Apple has assured a software update to fix this issue, it hasn t mentioned any time frame for its release. Apple could either rollout the fix as a part of iOS 9.2.2 update or include it in iOS 9.3 update, which is expected to release in March. Apple is also hosting an even on March 15 where it is widely expected to unveil the iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 and new Apple Watch band options.