“Every once in a while an awful bug is discovered that can crash an iPhone, render it nearly useless, or rarely, worse,” OS X Daily reports. “The worst scenario applies here, because it turns out you can completely destroy an iPhone and make it inoperable by simply changing the devices date to a specific time and date far in the past.”
“We’re going to show you how this date trick works to destroy an iPhone so that you can avoid it yourself,” OS X Daily reports. “Absolutely do not try this yourself, do not set the iPhone clock to January 1 1970 under any circumstances, it will break any iPhone. It will supposedly also brick any iPad or iPod touch as well, so do not try it on any iOS device.”
“Do not try this yourself, you will ruin the iPhone. That can’t be made more clear, if you try this, you will ruin the iPhone,” OS X Daily reports. “In other words, do not try this yourself with any iPhone that you care about, unless you don’t mind sending it back to Apple for repair. Doing this will destroy the iPhone and make it inoperable. That means you won’t be able to use the iPhone at all, it will be broken. So we repeat, again, do not try this yourself. Do not try this at home. Do not try this with your iPhone. Do not try this with your friends or anyone elses iPhone. And most importantly, don’t be fooled into trying this by someone else, as there are several ridiculous pranks in the form of various claims circulating on the internet as to what happens if you set the iPhone date far into the past – don’t do it, it breaks the iPhone. This is often referred to as a bricked phone, because the iPhone becomes as useful as brick.”
“This is quite obviously a bad bug, and though it’s unlikely that average users will attempt to set their iPhone clock back to the Woodstock era, there have been various pranks and claims surfacing on the internet that try to trick people into setting their clock way back into the 1970’s. Don’t fall for it,” OS X Daily reports. “Apparently there is one reliable way to remedy this: take the iPhone to Apple for repair.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Here’s a nasty bug that Apple should obviously fix ASAP.
DO NOT TRY THIS ON ANY IOS DEVICE!!!
IF ANYONE TRIES TO GET YOU TO DO THIS ON ANY IOS DEVICE, DO NOT DO IT!!!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “CognativeDisonance” for the heads up.]