Apple Promises To Fix ‘January 1, 1970’ Date Bug On iPhone In Upcoming iOS Update

Do you think it’s too late for Apple to aknowledge the 1970 date bug affecting 64-bit iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, then it’s time to revert back. In the world of Apple and iOS and keeping up to date on the comings and goings, then you’ll probably be aware of a rather interesting bug that became public knowledge just last week. Discovered that setting the date on your iOS device to January 1, 1970 would definitely cause the iPhones or iPads to crash, somewhat bricking happens. Then the hardware would be unable to reboot and get stuck in a loop until the battery drains out, effectively rendering it entirely useless. Now that it seems like Apple has finally, officially aknowledged that the problem does exist. Planning to throw a fix for iPhone bricking 1970 data bug in the next iOS update.

Publicly pointed that this is far reaching issue with 64-bit devices, but Apple definitely doesn’t want to go into a technical explanation as as to why the problem actually occurs. Nevertheless, the official support page for the issue gets across to the user exactly what needs to be known, and also adddresses how the company will rectify the problem going forward.
However, the support document does not indentify a current fix, but Apple said that an upcoming iOS software update will prevent the issue from occurring in the future dates.

Apple mentions:

Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart. An upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices. If you have this issue, contact Apple Support.

It appears to be that Apple will address the problem in a firmware update that will be pushed out to affected devices over-the-air. Could get with the iOS 9.3 download, currently in testing. Apple will either bundle the fix with that update when it goes public, or release a seperate emergency iOS 9.2.2 fix to rectify the problem.


Restoring through iTunes in DFU Mode may work for some users, while others have resorted to hardware fixes. In the maentime, the company is recommending that anyone affected by the bug contact Apple Support in the first instance for a solution. General public in a minimal have taken the social media route to suggest that Apple has been extremely helpful in replacing “bricked” iOS devices when reported. Other’s aren’t lucky enough, suggesting that they have been turned away with no help offered whatsoever.

If your iOS jailbroken, there’s already a fix availble to prevent this from happening. Called BriockingDate tweak on Cydia. To do so, launch Cydia, switch to the Sources tab, hit Edit followed by Add, enter the address in the dialog box that appears and tap Add Source. Once that’s done, search for BrickingDate and download the tweak. Try it, and safe in the knowledge that nobody is going to permanently brick your device, no matter how hard they achieve. That’s the simpliest way on how to protect your iPhone, iPad from iOS date bricking bug if you have a jailbroken device.

Point to be noted, this issue should really only occus if you manually go into the device settings and set the date year to 1970 or earlier. You just need to make sure keep your devices away from any devious friends and don’t mess with such unfamiliar workouts.

(Source: Apple)