A few days ago, a new iOS bug has been discovered, a very critical bug which can brick iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. It’s not a bug that users could encounter by chance, as it requires messing with the date and time, but it can still be a problem for a variety of reasons.
Following numerous reports, Apple has officially acknowledged the bug on its Apple Support Website. The company has confirmed that the issue will be fixed with a future update so that devices will not be affected.
If you changed the date to May 1970 or earlier and can’t restart your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart.
The newly discovered iOS bug effectively brick devices when the device’s date and time are set back to January 1st 1970. Once the date is set, the device crashes and there’s no way to get it working again. Why would anyone do this is unknown, but since a critical issue cannot be left like this.
Users affected by this issue have been invited to contact Apple Support for assistance. Some have managed to get replacement devices so make sure to get in touch with Apple if you have made your device unusable by setting the date back.
The update fixing this critical issue has yet to be dated, and we have no idea on when it will be released. We’ll let you know more as soon as Apple offers an update on the matter so stay tuned for all the latest news.