Whatever you do, don't do this to your iPhone

There's a date that, should you set your iPhone to it, will ruin your day. And your iPhone. Do not try this at home. Really.

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Of the many wild and wonderful things you might do today I’ll bet that setting the date of any of your iOS devices to January 1, 1970, isn’t one of them ... which is just as well because, should you do such a thing, your sleek, high-tech gadget will become a sleek, low-tech brick. 

Yep, that’s right, a bug in iOS 8 or 9 turns iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch with 64-bit processors into expensive paper weights when that date is entered. Apparently (because I haven’t tried it and don’t intend to) the devices get stuck in a loop when the reboot and - and here’s the amazing thing - there is no way to un-brick the device.

Doubt the truth of this? Zach Straley on YouTube has been kind enough to demo the problem for us by killing one of his own iPhones:

Should you try this on your own iDevice because you’re one of those people who always has to confirm that the sign saying “Wet Paint” isn’t lying, it is rumored that when you take what's turned into a brick to an Apple store they will be unable to fix it and give you a replacement. If you try this as a ruse to get a new phone to get a replacement for your iPhone with the failing battery, let me know how it works out …

(Props to Jerry Dixon for the headsup.)

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