Simple Date Change Kills iOS Devices like iPhones & iPads

A newly-discovered software bug in Apple’s iOS devices could kill iPhones, iPads, and iPods permanently.


Changing the date and time system in any iOS device to January 1, 1970, could actually cause it to ‘die permanently’. Using recovery mode restore or DFU mode will not help. Can’t believe it? Watch the following video that includes a demonstration of the trick-you-do-not-want-to-try.

Any iOS device using 64-bit A7, A8, A8X, A9 and A9X processors with the iOS 8 or newer versions are vulnerable to this specific date change. Fortunately, those running on 32-bit iOS were shown to be immune to the modification.

The issue has been brought to the attention of users by many. For instance, YouTuber Zach Straley mentioned discovering it. iClarified also tested it and confirmed it.

How to get by the issue? You would need to open the device to physically disconnect the battery from the logic board using Apple’s Genius Bar. The iPhone’s date will then be reset. Apple is expected to bring forth a software update to fix the problem in an easier manner.

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