January 1, 1970: The day the iPhones died.
Apple fans discovered last week that manually changing an iPhone or iPad’s date to that specific day will “brick” the device, rendering it completely useless. Don’t try this at home!
There’s reportedly no way to fix an iOS device affected by the bug without getting help from Apple — or a new device entirely.
An upcoming software update will fix the bug, according to a Monday post on Apple’s support website.
Until then, you’ll want to keep close tabs on your iOS device, since any jerk who can access the settings could change the date to effectively destroy the device. You should always have a strong password on your iPhone, but let this serve as an extra reminder.
From a post in The Huffington Post