Before Face ID and Touch ID, it was a common scenario to be locked out of your phone for simply typing in the wrong password for too many times. Parents also knew that toddlers can wreak havoc on their smartphones if left unattended.
A Chinese mother was shocked to learn that her iPhone was locked for 47.78 years or 25,114,984 minutes. Her 2-year-old boy entered the wrong password for way too many times. The woman had given the child the handset to watch YouTube clips.
iPhone Locked for 25,114,984 Minutes
When she came back into the room and reclaimed her iPhone she was met with the message your “iPhone is disabled, try again in 25,114,984 minutes.” iPhone usually adds more minutes as the passcode gets wrongly entered. The toddler seems to have entered the wrong passcode enough times to push that time to 25 million minutes.
The Chinese mom now has two options: either do a factory reset, which erases all data on the phone or wait 47 years for the handset to unlock.
I can’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake,
the desperate mom told reporters.
Reportedly, after two months, she hasn’t been able to do the factory reset, so she may be contemplating the second option.
Strangely enough, the iPhone maker allows such periods of times to add up to penalize users for introducing the wrong password. It would have been a better idea to allow those struggling users to unlock the phone via an iPad, iPhone, or Mac.
The Chinese mom may now have to wait 47 years, but Apple technicians say they saw iPhones locked for more than 80 years.
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