On Saturday, Washington D.C. journalist Evan Osnos gave his three-year-old his iPad to play with, and he returned to it locked for 25,536,442 minutes. For context, that is 48.58531583 years that he was locked out of his phone. The father reached out to Twitter for technical support on the issue.
Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas? pic.twitter.com/5i7ZBxx9rW
— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) April 6, 2019
Update on toddler-iPad-lock-out: Got it into DFU mode (don’t hold down the sleep/power button too long or you end up in recovery). Now restoring. Thanks to those who shared advice!
— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) April 9, 2019
In order to unlock his iPad, he was given two options, wait out half a century or restore it to factory settings. But, restoring it to factory settings would erase all of his data. To avoid a similar issue, backup your iPad so you don’t lose your data in the event that your three-year-old locks you of you phone for a half of a century!!!
A similar story appeared in April of 2018, when the South China Morning Post reported about a Shanghai boy who locked his mother out of her iPhone for 25,114,984 minutes. The mom gave her two-year-old son the phone to watch educational videos. But, she returned to a phone that was locked for close to 47 years!! She told the post, ““I can’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake.” The Apple Store Technician said it was nothing that he hadn’t seen before.