An iPhone Bug Back to 1970 You Should Avoid
The iPhone has a problem and too many people know about it. You may have heard about it on the Huffington Post or other news outlets, but Apple fans are figuring out that manually changing an iPhone or iPad’s date to January 1st, 1970 can be disastrous for your iPhone.
Why would Apple do this?
According to MacRumors.com, “Apple has not provided a reason for the bug, but YouTube video maker and programmer Tom Scott speculates that setting the date close to January 1, 1970, which is 0 in Unix time, may be resulting in an integer underflow — in this case, a date prior to January 1, 1970.”
Are there any plans to correct this in the future of the iPhone?
Apple has acknowledged the 1970 bug according to multiple sources. That is a good thing, consider the entire device goes into what users call “brick mode”. In its support documents, Apple does not have a current fix, even if you take it into the store. Rest assured, there is an update coming. That way, if your friend or others want to play some type of vicious prank on your phone, there will be a way to restore it.
Who discovered this and why did they try this date of all dates?
Apparently, January 1st, 1970 was classified that’s “the start of Unix time, a way for developers to track time as a running total of seconds” according to nbcnews.com.3
This has been known to affect any iOS device that “uses a 64-bit processor and is running iOS 8 or newer”1. This
iPhones, iPads and iPod touches. 9to5mac.com clarifies to those who are unsure what type of 64 bit processor they have, or if they even have one, this is found on iPhone 5s or later in A7, A8, A8X, A9 and A9X processors.
There have been various individuals who have tested this, including some who have tested in the Apple Store (talk about a product nightmare).
Is this the first time we’ve seen something like this with an iPhone?
No. If you remember, back in 2014, sending a text message with a certain string of Arabic code caused the Messages app to crash and the iPhone to reboot, sometimes continually. 9to5mac.com also reports “a website emerged that crashes Safari every time you visit it. This date and time bug, however, is unique in that it permanently bricks your device.”2
- ^ “This IOS Date Trick Will Brick Any Device [Video].” 9to5Mac. 11 Feb. 2016. Web
- ^ “Watch out for This New URL That Will Crash Your IPhone and Mac Safari If You Click It.” 9to5Mac. 25 Jan. 2016. Web
- ^ “Whatever You Do, Don’t Set Your IPhone for This Date.” NBC News. 12 Feb. 2016. Web