Apple to Fix 1970 Bug Bricking Devices

NicoleMotta on Tuesday February 16, 2016 at 10:43:27 AM

Apple to Fix 1970 Bug Bricking Devices

On Monday, Apple acknowledged the recently revealed 1970 bug in iOS that bricks its devices and pledged to fix it.

Last week, a prank originating from 4chan claimed that changing your iOS device's date back to January 1, 1970, would display a retro Apple logo. "Blast from the past. The original Macintosh introduced the world to computers, forever changing the way people experience technology, and allowing people to do things that were never possible before," reads a phony Apple ad posted on the forum. "With this easter [sic] egg, warp back in time with a classic Macintosh theme to relive the magic on your iPhone. Change the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970, press and hold the power button to reboot your device, and prepare for a wild ride!" What really happens if you do what this prank instructs is that you will brick your device and send it into a never-ending bootloop. This bug affects all iOS devices with a 64-bit SoC which means all A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X SoC models are affected. The bug is believed to be related to a Unix glitch as January 1, 1970 has an internal value of zero on a Unix system.

Apple officially acknowledged the bug in a support page on Monday. "If you changed the date to May 1970 or earlier and can't restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch," reads the support page. "Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart. An upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices." It is unclear why Apple's support document cites May 1970 rather than January 1970. Anyone who has made the mistake of falling for this prank should contact Apple Support for assistance.

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