A date change can brick your iGadget
February 16, 2016 Leave a comment
And things continue to get weird in the Apple universe.
After the recent Error 53 mess, there is a way to intentionally [or not] “brick” an iGadget [iPhone, iPad, etc.].
Warning: Do at your own risk, obviously.
You need to change the date back as far as it can go after turning off the automatic time update, then try again and again until it reaches January 1, 1970.
January 1st, 1970 is the basis of Unix Time or Epoch time where all time after that is measured in seconds from midnight on that date.
Seems the iGadget gets confused with time zones as a possible culprit.
You can even get iTunes to recognize it to perform a restore, but even after that, it will remain stuck on the boot up screen.
Then it’s time to visit the Apple store.
If happens, possible solutions is to wait at least 5 hours or up to a day or to change the SIM card.
This bug only affects any iOS device that uses a 64-bit processor (A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X) and is running iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones 5s or later, iPads, and iPod touches.