DON’T DO IT GUYS, DON’T DO IT.
Now that we’ve got your attention. Take a little peek at this hoax that’s doing the rounds. It promises that by setting your iPhone back to January 1st 1970 you’ll get some retro design.
Not a big iPhone fan but if you set the clock to 1/1/1970 and restart it, it goes to retro mode and is pretty sick. pic.twitter.com/zoL3CJPEoh
— Joshua Ivancic (@18jivan) February 17, 2016
It doesn’t. Not only will you be without this cool retro mode, you’ll potentially have broken your phone. The date change causes your phone to be permanently stuck whilst rebooting if it’s switched off or runs out of battery. Honestly, some people just want to watch the world burn.
The weird glitch was discovered last week, and people being people they have started creating fake ads to try and encourage people to break their phones.
R.I.P. To all the iPhone’s that are now messed up because people tried to do the retro thing ?⚰
— Caitlyn Burroway (@BurrowayCaitlyn) February 16, 2016
Any iOS device with a 64 bit processor will be affected. That means the iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3 and 4, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.
Apple have acknowledged the problem and shall be introducing a software update to rectify the problem in the near future.