15/02/2016 4:57 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Do NOT Reset The Date To 1970 On Your iPhone

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If you read somewhere that changing your iPhone date to 1 January 1970 will activate the original Macintosh theme, don't do it. A lot of users have tried this and have ended up with a bricked phone.

In a prank that started on 4Chan last week, a user made a poster with Apple's font and logo asking people to change their iPhone dates to 1970. The poster said, "To relive the magic of the past on your iPhone change the date to 1 January 1970. Press and hold the power button to reboot your device and prepare for a wild ride.” Those who were compelled to try this “suggestion” perhaps failed to take into account that Apple didn't exist until 1976.

This error only occurs on devices running 64-bit processors. So if you own an iPhone 5s,iPad Air or iPad Mini 2 or later don't fall for this trick. We talked to a user Ankil Naik who tried it and his phone was stuck in a bootloop.

Recently, Apple faced plenty of flak over Error 53, which shows up if you get your home button replaced by an unauthorised repairer. It’s a big deal because Error 53 makes your device unusable. Apparently, Apple ties up an ID to identify the correct component of the fingerprint reader and if it doesn't match the other hardware, the system displays Error 53.

Apple is rumoured to launch a 4-inch iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 in the event which will be held on 15 March. Reports say that the phone will have an A9 chip and fingerprint sensor to support Apple Pay. And the next iPad will reportedly get upgrades of Apple pencil support and 3D touch.

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