How to protect your iPhone from the “January 1, 1970” bug

How to protect your iPhone from the “January 1, 1970” bug

A recent “date bug” has become viral on the internet since the last week. Changing the date of your iPhone to January 1st, 1970 will brick your device which restarts your device and the device would stuck in the Apple logo and cannot restore your device either from DFU mode or Recovery mode. Though the restore will succeed, but the device will still not boot after restore. So don’t try this bug on your own handset. 

A recent “date bug” has become viral on the internet since the last week. Changing the date of your iPhone to January 1st, 1970 will brick your device which restarts

The bug will affect all the devices with 64-bit processor like A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X but 32-bit iOS devices are reportedly not affected by this issue. The only way to fix this is either pull out the battery and put it again or drain the battery to the zero level.

With this bug, Apple has also confirmed that this issue will be fixed in a next iOS update. We don’t know when this will be fixed but it is likely to be sort out in the new iOS 9.3 or may be on a smaller update iOS 9.2.2 might be released to fix this bug.

But there’s a good news for all jailbroken user, you don’t have to wait to fix this bug in coming iOS update. A new jailbroken cydia tweak called BrickDate is available in Cydia via BigBoss repo for free which prevents your date and time from being manually set back to the dangerous date, which is January 1, 1970. BrickDate is compatible with iOS 7, 8 and 9.

After installing this tweak, it adds a preferences panel to the settings app where you can enable or disable this tweak. Not everyone uses these security features because you have strong passcode and Touch ID which works well to protect you from someone gets into your device and change your date and time settings. So I personally recommend you install BrickDate tweak on your device if you are jailbroken even though you have a passcode.

Note: We havenot tried this tweak and cannot confirm if this tweak actually works or not, so install it at your own risk.
If you are not yet jailbroken then here’s a simple tutorial on How to jailbreak iOS 9.0.2 using Pangu?

Let us know if it works in the comment below... 
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