iOS Date & Time Bug Bricks 64 bit Apple Devices

By | February 12, 2016

Users have recently uncovered a rare bug that can brick an iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The bug is known to effect iOS devices that contain A7, A8, A8X A9, and A9X chipsets. All versions of the OS are affected. Trolls around the web are attempting to trick unsuspecting individuals into replicating this process, utilizing fake infographics and other tools to their advantage. If anyone tells you to complete the steps listed below, don’t listen to them!

Steps to Replicate the bug

WARNING: Do not attempt to replicate this bug unless you wish to render your device unusable!

Step 1: Go to settings

Step 2: Select the general category, then date and time.

Step 3: Change the date to January 1, 1970.

Step 4: Scroll up to the year 2000, then go back

Step 5: Go back into time settings,  and set to 1970 again

Step 6: reboot the system, it will get stuck on the Apple logo.

Note: 32 bit devices are unaffected by this bug.
Users have reported a variety of fixes, such as removing and reconnecting the battery/sim card, or simply waiting several hours. Regardless, we don’t recommend attempting to experience this bug unless you are willing to lose your device.

The bug seems to be caused by some form of interaction with Unix time. In Unix based devices, time starts on January 1, 1970, which is the date associated with the bug. Time is measured as the amount of time since midnight on January 1, 1070. 32 bit and 64 bit devices will handle numbers differently. This bug may cause the value written to the time variable to become invalid or reference an invalid part of memory, which can cause it to become unable to boot. Judging by the process also involves setting the year to 2000, it may also involve code written to prevent issues with the infamous Y2K.

Due to the nature of the bug, it’s highly probably Apple will be able to fix it in the next iOS update. As it likely involves an invalid variable, they can change the code to validate user input in a way that avoids them being able to change the date & time in a way that damages the device’s configuration.


Full List of Known Affected Devices:

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iPod Touch 6th Gen

iPhone 5S

iPhone 6/6 Plus

iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6s Plus

iPad Air

iPad Air 2

iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 3

iPad Mini 4

iPad Pro

One thought on “iOS Date & Time Bug Bricks 64 bit Apple Devices

  1. Masfka

    Protect themselves from what? Who normally would ever set the date/time back to Jan 1, 1970?
    Horrible logic there…People need to know in order to protect themselves…

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