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Changing the date to January 1, 1970 will brick your iPhone

iPhone January 1970 Date BugIf you see this image (originally posted on the 4chan website), do NOT follow it’s advice, under any circumstances–it’s a trap!

Apparently there is a nasty bug on any 64-bit iOS device (such as an iPhone or iPad) that will cause the device not to no longer boot if the user sets the time and date to January 1, 1970. Even scarier, you cannot simply restore the iPhone at this point–you have to physically bring the bricked iPhone to your local Apple Store to have a hardware repair done on the device. This sinister date, 1/1/70, is basically an internal value of zero on a Unix operating system, which causes the software to crash, taking your iOS device along with it.

What should I do about this problem?

You would be wise to A.) not perform this trick yourself and B.) don’t allow anyone to perform this trick on your device unless you feel like traveling to the nearest Apple Store. This image circulating around the internet seen above is a terrible hoax and will brick your iOS device.

The Mavericks (10.9) Power Button Blues on a Macintosh

Mavericks Power Button BehaviorI’m sure a lot of people noticed how your power button behavior in Mavericks 10.9 changed quite dramatically. Here’s how it changed:

Press the button once, and it puts your display to sleep. Press and hold it for a second or two, and the Shutdown / Restart / Sleep dialog appears. Press and hold it for even longer, and your Mac gets completely powered off.”

Previously to Mavericks, hitting your computer’s power button would bring up the nice dialog box asking you to sleep, shutdown, logout, etc. Mavericks killed that little gem and forced your computer to simply go to sleep when hitting the power button. I personally thought this should have been a choice for the user, not a given. I prefer the older behavior of showing the nice dialog box, so, here is a neat trick to get the older behavior back by launching your Terminal application and typing this into the window and rebooting your computer:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool no

To reverse the behavior, simply type this in to the Terminal and reboot:

defaults write com.apple.loginwindow PowerButtonSleepsSystem -bool yes