Apple confirms it’s working on a fix for ‘1970’ iPhone bug


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Apple's working to fix the problem.
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Apple has acknowledged the existence of a somewhat bizarre bug which bricks any iOS devices that has its date set back to 1970 — and confirms that a fix is on the way.

“An upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices,” Apple notes on one of its support pages.

While there’s no word on exactly when this software update will be made available, it’s good to know that Apple is on the case.

The bricking bug was discovered last week by a Chinese iPhone user who was trying to solve a date issue with iOS 9.3 beta 3. When the date is set to 1970, not even a DFU restore will return devices to normal.

The effects can be seen in the below video by YouTuber Zach Starlet:

Source: Apple