Apple acknowledges '1970' bug that bricks 64-bit iOS devices, fix on the way

2016-Feb-15 | Tags: appleiphonesmartphonetablet

Start64!Apple this morning acknowledged the bug whereby if you change your date to May 1970 or earlier, you won't be able to restart your iOS device. The bug affects all iOS devices that utilize a 64-bit chipset.

As a reminder, the bug in the operating system simply relies on a user resetting a device’s date to any date earlier than May 1970 (earlier reported as just January 1 1970). Once set, if the device gets rebooted it gets permanently stuck. Connecting it to a PC in iTunes or booting into DFU mode seems to work but doesn’t actually fix the problem; the device remains bricked...