iOS 9.3 beta 4 fixes devices locked down by ‘January 1, 1970’ bug

Bricked iPhone

In the middle of February, a new bug was discovered that bricked your 64-bit-equipped iPhone or iPad, just by setting a particular date.

For the folks that are using the fourth beta of iOS 9.3, which was released earlier this week, a discovery was made that shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. With the new software, which is still in its pre-release stage, the date can’t be set beyond December 31, 2000, at 7:00 PM ET. For all intents and purposes, that removes the bug altogether, by effectively ejecting the method in which it could be initiated on the device and brick it.

Jan 1 1970 bug fix

More than that, though, the newest beta actually fixes the bricked devices that were stuck in a boot loop after inputting the date. Those who have tried were successful in restoring their device with the fourth beta:

“This update fixed the 1970 date bug. Had two retail units stuck in boot loops do to some pricks setting the date to 1970 and restoring in DFU mode did not help. But restorting to this BETA update made both devices go back to normal.”

This fix is much better than the previous one: removing the battery, which, for most people, meant a trip to an Apple Store for a restore that way.

The bug itself was simple enough: After the iOS device is set to the date mentioned above, restarting it will result in a bricked phone. A trip to the Apple Store is the only thing that will fix the issue. Some users have said they’ve been able to get to the DFU screen, and when the device is plugged into their computer iTunes even recognizes it, but it won’t get past the initial boot screen.

Now that a fix is available in the beta, a broader rollout is right around the corner.

[via MacRumors]