How To Brick Your iPhone
This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016.
Every time Apple issues a new iPhone some bright souls figure out the fastest way to ruin them, then post a video of themselves doing so on YouTube. We don't know why someone would wait in line, hand over a fat stack of cash then take their newly purchased item and destroy it. And we don't care.
That being said, some bright souls have recently figured out a brand new way to destroy their iPhone (without "error 53") -- merely set their internal clock on the iPhone back to 1970--and presto! Their iPhone turns into a brick.
January 1, 1970 is the earliest date you can set your iPhone to. If you turn your date and time settings to manual (please don’t do this), and scroll the calendar back as far as you can go (seriously, don’t do this), you can only go as far back as January 1, 1970.
That’s because Unix time began at midnight GMT on January 1, 1970. Unix time has been counting every second since then. Many gadgets, including the iPhone, use Unix time as the basis for their clocks.
Please don't try this. Please. Don't. Try. This. However, if you are absolutely committed to the idea that you want to do this, please shoot a video and post it to YouTube so everyone can watch.
Oh, and you can read more about this bug (And what says it is doing about it) right here.