Over the last couple of days, there has been a new bug in town in relation to iPhones, iPads and iPod. A simple date and time fix can brick an iOS device.
While most people wouldn’t want to brick their iOS device consciously, it is a known fact that some people are very stubborn and would want to try a new trick seen online even after series of warnings. Funny thing is, some people may not try it on their smartphone, instead, they’d give it a shot on somebody else’s own.
Based on the earlier report, setting your iOS device date to January 1st, 1970 will brick the phone. No, this doesn’t affect all iPhones, iPads or iPods. It affects basically the 64-bit iOS devices and this starts from the iPhone 5s upwards, all iPads starting with the Apple iPad Air, mini 2 to the latter and the Apple iPod touch sixth generation.
If at all, you still decided to set your phone to the above date after been warned or someone else did it on your device, the solution would be running down the battery all the way. According to a new report, discharging the battery completely will return the phone to the current date. But if you haven’t tried the date trick above, please don’t. Prevention is better than cure!