Apple Promises to Fix 1970 Date Bug In Future Software Update

iPhone 1970 bug

You must have herd of the recent 1970 bug affecting iOS devices. Basically, this bug renders your iOS device useless if you change the date to 1970. As soon as this is done, your device freezes on the Apple logo at reboot and doesn’t get past that, when this happens restore options doesn’t seem to help.

Apple today posted a support document acknowledging the existence of the 1970 date bug and has promised to release a fix for this bug in a future software update. Though there isn’t any official explanation about why this happens, but hey, since we’ve been promised a fix, we can be rest assured the bug will be fixed.

Still wondering why you would want to date back your iPhone to 1970, are you so much in love with the past? 😀


Apple is rolling out a fix with the release of the iOS 9.3 beta. This update is only available to developers (but will be made available to more users in the spring). The update fixes bricked iPhones, using iTunes to restore the affected handset and letting it boot back up to its original state. The update also removes the ability to set an iPhone’s date to a point before January 1, 2001.

For those affected and don’t have access to the beta, Apple recommends that you visit an Apple Store for a replacement handset.

Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. It was incorporated as Apple Computer, Inc. on January 3, 1977, and was renamed as Apple Inc. The American multinational technology company designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. Its hardware products include the iPhone smartphone, the iPad tablet computer, the Mac personal computer, the iPod portable media player, and the Apple Watch smartwatch. Apple’s consumer software includes the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, and the iLife and iWork creativity and productivity suites. Its online services include the iTunes Store, the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, and iCloud. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

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