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News of another i-Device killing problem has appeared in a couple of overseas publications today. The follows closely after the Error 53 problem also reported in this blog.
At the time of writing this article, I haven't yet seen anything about this one in the Australian press (to further confirm its veracity), but I am not about to verify the report by trying it out on my own iPhone or iPad!
This particular problem is, apparently, caused by setting the device's date to January 1, 1970 - after which the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch will cease to work - and will not be able to be 'resuscitated', even using iTunes.
While I'm sure that the iTandCoffee readership is very unlikely to try this, it did occur to me that a malicious person might use this glitch to destroy an innocent victim's device.
With so many kids taking iPads to school, this is something to perhaps warn them about.
Make sure that they understand NOT TO TRY IT themselves (or fall for the trap of doing it based on a suggestion by someone else),
Also ensure that they have a good passcode lock on their device (or a fingerprint lock) to keep out those who might do harm to their device.
Here is the link to the article in The Guardian today.
Update Mon Feb 15th
More recent reports say that the problem can be fixed by completely draining the battery or removing and restoring the battery within the device (not exactly useful for most of us and would certainly impact any warranty).
Again, I'm not about to try this out to see if draining the battery works! If anyone else has been caught out and finds this to be a solution, please leave a comment.
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