1/1/1970; not a good day for iPhones

applelogoThose loveable scamps at 4chan are at it again.

Anyone tempted by the allure of a sweet, sweet, retro Apple logo on their iPhone might have been tempted to change its date to 1/1/70.

That would have been bad but ars technica has the cure…

” The faulty date does get reset when the battery goes completely flat, however, so discharging the phone (or disconnecting the battery, if you’re brave) fixes it. “

Why? Well iOS runs on UNIX and 1/1/70 is the “0” date for the operating system. Basically it’s like the “Y2K bug” but something bad happens.

Prepare for the sequel in 2038…


Straight dope from Tom Scott

See things go bad…