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After ‘error 53’, Apple devices face ‘1970’ bug

No matter what you want to do with your iPhone or other Apple devices, don’t set the date back to 1st January, 1970

tech Updated: Feb 13, 2016 11:06 IST
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Reportedly, an image of a retro Apple logo theme is in circulation, which first surfaced on troll haven 4Chan on Thursday, that asks people to click on it to get an “easter egg”
Reportedly, an image of a retro Apple logo theme is in circulation, which first surfaced on troll haven 4Chan on Thursday, that asks people to click on it to get an “easter egg”(Imgur)

No matter what you want to do with your iPhone or other Apple devices, don’t set the date back to 1st January, 1970.

This new bug will take you to the painful ‘brick city’ and I am sure you don’t want that. It is not new for Apple to face such bugs which rise from time to time with the recent one being the ‘error 53’ bug’.

Reportedly, an image of a retro Apple logo theme is in circulation, which first surfaced on troll haven 4Chan on Thursday, that asks people to click on it to get an “easter egg”. If you happen to click, you are on a first class train ride to ‘brick city’.

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Most importantly, your phone cannot be fixed via iTunes and it needs a physical fix from the company’s service centres.Reportedly, an image of a retro Apple logo theme is in circulation, which first surfaced on troll haven 4Chan on Thursday, that asks people to click on it to get an “easter egg”.

However, let us reason this out. Apple did not exist even till 1976 so why would it tell you to go back to 1970? Moreover, the glitch is related to Unix and a bunch of Unix-based software (like Apple operating systems!), express time in terms of the number of seconds that have passed since 1/1/70. That date has a time value of zero (or less than zero, depending on what time your phone is set to and what time you’re in). And that’s what seems to trigger the bug, New York Times reported.

The bug appears to only affect 64-bit iOS devices, meaning iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini 2 and newer are affected. However, if you take our advice, it is better to live in the present.