There’s now a fix to that time-traveling iPhone bug

Remember the bug that turned your iPhone into a brick if you tried setting your handset’s date back to May 1970? After taking about a week to actually acknowledge the bug, Apple finally has a fix in place.

The bug would essentially force a reboot if you used the Settings app to change the date on your device to any time earlier than May 1970, after which any 64-bit iPhone would become bricked.

Apple last week noted the bug and said that a fix was on its way, but at the time, the only real way to get your iPhone working again was to go to an Apple Store for a replacement handset.

Finally, however, a fix is here in the form of the new iOS 9.3 beta update released this week.

According to users on the MacRumors forum, the iOS 9.3 beta update should fix bricked iPhones by using iTunes to restore the device and allowing it to boot back up to its original state.

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The update should also prevent users from actually being able to set their iPhone’s date to anything before January 1, 2001, even if they tried, therefore preventing the bug to cause further mayhem. Also, no more Back to the Future jokes.

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