Over the last few days, a new iOS bug has emerged that would brick iPhones should the date be set back to May 1970 or earlier. This ended up becoming a prank that spread across the internet but now Apple has addressed the issue and has promised a fix will be coming out soon.
At first, people were claiming that changing the iOS date to the first of January 1970 would unlock an unheard of 1970's theme for the iPhone. Doing this on 64-bit iPhones running iOS 8 or iOS 9 would actually brick the device and make it unusable.
Writing on a new support page on the issue, Apple warned: “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 this issue has already affected you, then you will need to go ahead and contact Apple Support.
KitGuru Says: Being able to brick a device by changing the date is a pretty big problem. Hopefully, those affected can get it resolved soon enough.