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    Though people have to go out of their way to trigger it, a time-related glitch discovered in iOS 8 and 9 will let users potentially "brick" many Apple devices, rendering them non-functional. Many users have discovered that if you change your device to January 1st, 1970, your iOS device will be permanently bricked. The video of the process is below should you wish to try it out however we recommend you to not try this as this video is for educational use.

    In order to change your date and time settings, you have to go to the Settings app, tap the General menu, choose Date & Time, and turn off the Set Automatically option. From there, you’ll have to scroll through the menu until it reaches as far back as it goes. After that, go back to the General menu then go back into the Date & Time settings and scroll backwards again. You’ll have to repeat this process until you reach 1970. The video specifically shows how to do this.

    After you successfully set your iOS device’s date to January 1st, 1970, you’ll then want to reboot your phone and book a trip to the Apple Store. Once you reboot, your device will reportedly not come back on. You can put it into DFU and even get iTunes to recognize it to perform a restore, but even after that, it will remain stuck on the boot up screen.

    The bug affects any iOS device that uses a 64-bit processor and is running iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. For those unsure, 64 bit processors are the A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X (iPhone 5s or later, for instance). If you use a 32 bit device however, you’re in the clear.

    A Reddit thread offers a handful of possible causes of the issue. The most reasonable appears to be that it all comes down to time zones and that setting the date to January 1st, 1970 causes the internal clock to be set to less than zero, which confuses the device and crashes it.

    One Twitter user says that the device could come back on after 5 hours, while another notes that changing the SIM card could fix the issue, as well. Other users, however, say that it has been longer than 5 hours, some upwards of a day, without the device coming back on. If you’re device comes back on after 5 hours, expect it to be very laggy, but you should be able to go into Settings and change the date back.


    For those who got away with trying this and it not bricking your device, there's a reason why - time zones.
    In some time zones, setting the date to 1 Jan 1970 will set the internal clock to a number less than zero, as the time is stored in GMT (as the number of seconds since midnight on that date) and then the offset is applied before display. In other time zones, setting the clock will result in a positive time value. Best guess is that this is triggered by having the time value less than zero.

    If you do however choose to try this glitch trick, please let us know in the comments system below.



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    Comments 22 Comments
    1. kelkel5313's Avatar
      kelkel5313 -
      Does this trick void the warranty?
    1. bbrks's Avatar
      bbrks -
      If this is real, I don't think you would try it
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by kelkel5313 View Post
      Does this trick void the warranty?
      No you may take it straight into an Apple Store and get it checked at the Genius Bar. They will then be stumped and give you a new iPhone. Reportedly.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I heard that disconnecting the battery for a while fixes it.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Quote Originally Posted by bbrks View Post
      If this is real, I don't think you would try it
      I hear ya, why in the wild wild world would anyone want to do this. LMAO
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      I hear ya, why in the wild wild world would anyone want to do this. LMAO
      What if your iPhone etc had a bad scratch etc? I could see this trick being handy.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I'm sure they'll get onto this in short order and start "repairing" it by detaching the battery. Don't expect this to get you a free replacement by next week.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      What if your iPhone etc had a bad scratch etc? I could see this trick being handy.
      Or other problems.. True.. Not 100% sure if Apple will replace the phones however if you intentionally change the date to 1970 however
    1. xushi's Avatar
      xushi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I heard that disconnecting the battery for a while fixes it.
      So does removing the external SSD memory card...
    1. tdawg3000's Avatar
      tdawg3000 -
      can confirm, this will brick your device lol
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by tdawg3000 View Post
      can confirm, this will brick your device lol
      Did you do it lol?
    1. tdawg3000's Avatar
      tdawg3000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Caiden Spencer View Post
      Did you do it lol?
      Yup sure did, just let it restore and it came back after an hour or so like stated.

      Any way, this is ridiculous
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by tdawg3000 View Post
      Yup sure did, just let it restore and it came back after an hour or so like stated.

      Any way, this is ridiculous
      Was your device laggy once it started up ?
    1. chaotica69's Avatar
      chaotica69 -
      How the **** do people find this ****. Gotta have nothing better to do with there time than take the delorean for a spin. now if you hold the home button and press [emoji668][emoji654]️[emoji665]️[emoji667][emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji658]️[emoji658]️[emoji664][emoji653]️[emoji653]️[emoji653]️and the most important [emoji38] your phone will become a light saber.
    1. PeeceKeeper's Avatar
      PeeceKeeper -
      I suspect this has something to do with Unix Time. As some of you may know, the Unix time system is a system for keeping track of time in many unix/linux operating systems. It essentially counted every second from a point in time. That point is Jan. 1st, 1970. I don't know if this is real or not - since I don't own an iPhone anymore and can't test for myself. But if it is, it may be wigging out because the counter is seeing a value of 0 on the unix time clock. Mac OS and iOS both have their foundations built on Unix.

      An interesting exploit would be if you create a DHCP server on a network and hand out an NTP server address to a service that hands out this date and causes the phones to essentially brick themselves without any user intervention. I don't know how iPhones handle NTP, but some OSes wont synchronize with an NTP server if its out of sync for more than like 30 seconds to a minute. So this may not work anyways. Just a thought...
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by chaotica69 View Post
      How the **** do people find this ****. Gotta have nothing better to do with there time than take the delorean for a spin. now if you hold the home button and press [emoji668][emoji654]️[emoji665]️[emoji667][emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji658]️[emoji658]️[emoji664][emoji653]️[emoji653]️[emoji653]️and the most important [emoji38] your phone will become a light saber.
      I agree, they must scroll through the dates
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      What's curious is that this only seems to affect devices with a 64-bit CPU architecture, but not the 32-bit ones running the same iOS version. This make me feel that there is more to it than just a unix time (time_t) matter.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Amazing that this is National News now. Why You Shouldn'''t Reset the Date to January 1, 1970 on Your iPhone - NBC News

      A DFU restore seems to cure this problem if your silly enough to try it. OMG
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by chaotica69 View Post
      How the **** do people find this ****. Gotta have nothing better to do with there time than take the delorean for a spin. now if you hold the home button and press [emoji668][emoji654]️[emoji665]️[emoji667][emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji652]️[emoji658]️[emoji658]️[emoji664][emoji653]️[emoji653]️[emoji653]️and the most important [emoji38] your phone will become a light saber.
      No, no. Everyone knows it's [emoji667][emoji667][emoji668][emoji668][emoji653]️[emoji654]️[emoji653]️[emoji654]️b a then start, I mean home. Lol
    1. szr's Avatar
      szr -
      @Simon: You now have 30 lives, but your phone is still bricked