'iPhone Is Disabled, Try Again in 25,114,984 minutes'

March 9, 2018

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Whoa! Can Apple fix this? 

The mom gave her son the phone to watch educational videos online. When she got it back, the phone displayed a notification reading "iPhone is disabled, try again in 25,114,984 minutes." Apparently the lockout time increased every time the toddler entered the wrong passcode.

A technician at an Apple Store in Shanghai told the woman she had two options: do a factory reset on her iPhone and lose all her files or wait the 47 years until she can use it again. Mom said, "I can't really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father's mistake."

Regardless, she's apparently found herself unable to go through with the factory reset and is now two months into her long wait for the phone to unlock. The Apple Store technician says his case is nothing; he's seen iPhones locked for over 80 years.

SCMP Global Times