Now that the latest news regarding extremely annoying, bug discovered within Apple’s iOS platform earlier this month as many iPhone or iPad users discovered that if they set the system date, affected by January 1, 1970 date bug and then rebooted it, it would be rendered useless by getting stuck in a boot loop and bricking the device in result has finally got a fix. With iOS 9.3 beta 4, the same date on the iOS devices can’t set beyond December 31, 2000 at 7:00 p.m. ET, which equates to 1/1/01 at 12:00 a.m. GMT. Finally puts an end to the 1970 date bug, which was used to trick some people into bricking their iPhones, or iPad devices as a whole.
Discovered in mid-February, the 1970 bug occurs whenever an iOS device’s date is manually set to January 1, resulting in a continuous reboot cycle. iOS bug that may particularly play a buggy role when a user explicitly decides to change the date on 64-bit iPhone or iPad, but it’s still something that couldn’t be allowed to exist within the iOS ecosystem. Aknowledged by Apple later, tokk the opportunity to publish a dedicated support page for the bug, promising to rectify the issue as soon as with the release of upcoming iOS update. It was unclear whether or not the company would utilize the ongoing iOS 9.3 pre-release to fix the issue, or wait for a major public roll out. But the Cupertino-based company seems like has chosen the former as preferred solution.
Speculations has also suggested the reboot loop is the result of an integer underflow that causes the iPhone to reset the date to a maximum value, and on jailbroken iOS devices, there was a fixer to get rid of such 1970 date bug in the form of a Cydia tweak, even though many unjailbroken iOS devices wouldn’t by far able to fix the process. Certain users have confirmed that a software restore via iTunes to the latest iOS 9.3 beta 4 now forces the device out of the boot loop that it was once stuck in if the date has been changed to 1970, January 1. Prior to this release, any 64-bit hardware affected by the particular date bug would not respond to a firmware restore via iTunes, result in front, would still continue to go around the circles as part of the booting process.
For that Apple has additionally taken the opportunity to apply some restrictions in iOS 9.2 beta 4; users are now unable to set the January 1, 1970 date back any further than 2001, which should prevent this issue from reoccurring going forward. Beta 4 of iOS 9.3 also introduces a fix for that had been disabled by the bug, which was unable to get a solution aside from discontinuing the battery, also requiring users to go to the Genius Bar at an Apple retail store or attempt risky self-repairs.
Developers and Public Beta testers although received the newer version of iOS 9.3 beta 4 and we may also nearing the end of the testing priod. Apple, as promised a fix in an “upcoming software update”, which appears now in iOS 9.3 beta 4 is here. Said the final iOS 9.3 IPSW firmware will debut in the spring, and launch to the public following the company’s rumored March 15 media event where it is expected to unveil iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new bands for Apple Watch wearables.
Recent changes in the release include F.lux-like new Night Shift icon, a set of star icons that live beside track names in the native Music app and certainly, a few under-the-hood bug fixes to prevent issues like this annoying date bug from happening again.
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