Consider this a public service warning. There are all kinds of bugs and hacks and other bad things making their way around the Internet, but when you inflict the damage upon yourself out of nothing more than pure curiosity, you really have no one to blame but yourself. And that’s exactly what would happen if you were to set the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970.

Apparently, there’s a graphic making its way around social media telling people that they will unlock a hidden “easter egg” (your first clue is the lack of capitalization for the word “Easter”) that will let you “warp back in time with a classic Macintosh theme to relive the magic on your iPhone.” To unlock this secret theme, you’re told to change the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970, and then to press and hold the power button to reboot the device.

The “wild ride” promised is nothing more than a bricked iPhone.

According to the jailbreaking experts on Reddit, this happens because it could set the internal clock on your iPhone to a value less than zero, depending on the time zone that you’re in. The iPhone gets too confused and it bricks itself. Whatever the actual cause, the result is clearly undesirable.

Unless you really want to go back to 1970 when you didn’t have a functional iPhone either.

Via BGR

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