Video: Plugging in this date will kill your iPhone

Video: Plugging in this date will kill your iPhone
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It’s totally unclear why you’d want to kill your iPhone. Nevertheless, a video explaining how you go about turning your cell phone into a brick has garnered over 3 million views.

The date, incidentally, is Jan. 1, 1970. CNN Money notes:

It’s not totally clear why the crash is happening…. But we can make a pretty educated guess.

January 1, 1970 is the earliest date you can set your iPhone to…. That’s because Unix time began at midnight GMT on January 1, 1970. Unix time has been counting every second since then. Many gadgets, including the iPhone, use Unix time as the basis for their clocks.

If you do decide to kill your phone, note that death will not occur until you power off and on again, at which time your iPhone will display an Apple logo — forever.

Here’s the video:

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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