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  • '1970 Bug' fixed in iOS 9.3 Beta 4
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    Today, Apple has seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update 13E5214d to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third iOS 9.3 beta and more than two months after the public release of iOS 9.2, the last major update to iOS 9. iOS 9.3 has been in testing since January 11.


    The fourth iOS 9.3 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the iOS section of the Apple Developer Center.

    Apple has fixed the 1970 bug in Beta 4 that would occur when changing the date manually to January 1st 1970. The 1970 Bug would brick your device and even a DFU restore would not solve the problem. Previously, there was only a jailbreak tweak which would help prevent this from occurring when somebody else uses your phone or you may even accidentally change the date yourself.

    Apple have also updated the icon in the Control Center and the time bug that occured in iOS 9.3 Beta 3.

    Original Source
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 9.3 fixes 1970 Bug in Beta 4 started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Are there official sources for this bug fix? Some users reported not getting the bug on earlier firmwares, but without an official statement I wouldn't trust it to be true for all devices.
    1. bigray's Avatar
      bigray -
      Will Apple still replace devices that are bricked from the bug? Or will theyblame us for not updating to latest firmware?
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Are there official sources for this bug fix? Some users reported not getting the bug on earlier firmwares, but without an official statement I wouldn't trust it to be true for all devices.
      We were first to post as I tried this on one of my devices when I updated to Beta 4, but since you asked
      Latest iOS 9.3 Beta Unbricks iPhones Affected by 'January 1, 1970' Date Bug - Mac Rumors
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigray View Post
      Will Apple still replace devices that are bricked from the bug? Or will theyblame us for not updating to latest firmware?
      This firmware is not YET available to the general public so I doubt they'll put the blame on us for not "updating" since the "update" is not yet available. Several users have reported that they do replace the devices however I wouldn't recommend trying it to find out.
    1. Caiden Spencer's Avatar
      Caiden Spencer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Are there official sources for this bug fix? Some users reported not getting the bug on earlier firmwares, but without an official statement I wouldn't trust it to be true for all devices.
      With iOS 9.3 beta 4, the date on the iPhone or iPad can't be set beyond December 31, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. ET, which equates to 1/1/01 at 12:00 a.m. GMT. That effectively puts an end to the 1970 bug, which was used to trick some people into bricking their devices.
      Here we go
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Sorry only idiots do these things to brick their devices. Honestly