Why the date “January 1, 1970″ stuck iPhone or iOS device

Ankit Singh (Dev) Ankit Singh (Dev)
2 years ago / Updated - April 30, 2016
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Apple’s 1/1/1970 date bug was going viral this week, and if you trick your friends or try it at home will stuck the iPhone permanently to the apple logo, on boot. The date bug was happening to iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or iOS 9.

According to the user on reddit, the device will fail to boot and restoring the device to factory defaults using iTunes will not put the iPhone back in working order. The date 1 January, 1970 is a value defines zero in programming, known as Unix epoch. And, there is no meaning why would you set the date of 45 years ago.


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Here’s an image first found on 4chan site showing fake information to encourage users doing date  trick for a cool rainbow apple logo appears on screen. But, the reality turns your device freeze and only apple store is the solution.

Explained by Tom Scott, Why?

Tom Scott, a YouTuber explains why iPhone device bricks if we set the date to 1/1/1970. Let’s make an example – Time can be calculated in programming, and to calculate the total number of seconds or time there must be a start value. 1/1/1970 00:00.00 UTC is zero and 1/1/1970 00:00.10 UTC is 10. If you’re living in a -07:00 UTC, the date 1 January, 1970 pull iOS device for the negative time and that’s when the OS confused.