Changing your iPhone date to 1st January 1970 may render it useless

There is a graphic that’s being passed around right now: it promises that you’ll see an Easter Egg if you change the date on your device to 1st Jan 1970, this could brick your iPhone if you try it. This bug came to life after it was been reported by users of Reddit, as a matter of fact some users have reportedly broke their phones while testing the bug. This bug affects all Apple devices running iOS 8 or newer.

Warning...falling for this trick might render your iPhone useless

Warning…falling for this trick might render your iPhone useless

Why does this happen?

A user in the /r/jailbreak community speculates the following:

In some time zones, setting the date to 1 Jan 1970 will set the internal clock to a number less than zero, as the time is stored in GMT (as the number of seconds since midnight on that date) and then the offset is applied before display. In other time zones, setting the clock will result in a positive time value. Best guess is that this is triggered by having the time value less than zero.

Apple has not yet responded to this, according to the Guardian, the tech giant was “looking into the bug”.

Here’s a friendly advice……. If you are asked to change your “iDevice” date to 1’st January 1970, please don’t!!! besides…. there isn’t a secret cool Easter egg waiting for you.

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