WARNING: Setting Your iPhone's Date to January 1, 1970 Will Brick Your Device!! [Video]

WARNING: Setting Your iPhone's Date to January 1, 1970 Will Brick Your Device!! [Video]

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Setting the date of your iPhone to January 1st, 1970 will brick your device, according to users across the web and confirmed by iClarified. The bug will affect any 64-bit iOS device that is powered by the A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X. 32-bit iOS devices are reportedly not affected by this issue.

Once your date has been set to January 1st, 1970, the bug will prevent your iOS device from booting. Due to the limited scroller, the date needs to be set back multiple times until it reaches the year 1970. Since a DFU or recovery mode restore will not unbrick your device, we strongly recommend that you do not try to test this bug. Users report that while a restore may succeed, the device will still fail to boot after the restore.

So far it seems the only way to fix this issue is through a physical repair by Apple's Genius Bar. In order to reset the date, you must physically disconnect the battery from the logic board and reconnect it back. The bug is suspected to be related to the UNIX timestamp epoch. Due to time-zone settings, the date is causing a bit-underflow, which crashes the kernel.

Hopefully Apple will release a software update that fixes this and unbricks any devices impacted by this bug.

Take a look at the video below and please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.


Anonymous5220 - February 19, 2016 at 8:01am
Also possible to force a reset through the headphone port by sending garbage data up the video input pin. :-)
Free money - February 15, 2016 at 4:20am
$20 for anyone who does this to their iPhone.
moussa tohme - February 13, 2016 at 8:17am
remove the battery for 5 min will resolve the problem
Time Cookery - February 13, 2016 at 6:18am
Shit we are screwed
whocarez - February 13, 2016 at 1:52am
sounds like an exploit to me
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