Just in case any of you reading this were planning on setting your iPhone date to January 1, 1970, don’t do it. This will permanently crash your iPhone and you will probably be very, very sad.
There is no direct explanation as to why this is happening, but there are a few suggestions circling around.
Jan. 1, 1970 is the absolute earliest date you can manually set your iPhone to. Unix time (00:00:00) began at midnight GMT on Jan. 1, 1970 and has counted every second since then. Apple uses Unix time as the basis for their clocks. If you manually scroll all the way back to this date and your time zone is not GMT, your iPhone may think it’s in a time before Jan. 1, 1970 – aka your iPhone will not be able to restart.
Thankfully, Apple has released a statement saying, “An upcoming software update will prevent this issue from affecting iOS devices.”
The bug first emerged on a Reddit forum on Thursday (Feb. 11). There have also been a few videos circling online demonstrating this iPhone glitch (we have no idea why anyone would try this).
As tempting as it may sound, do not test this at home. Just watch the video above.