Apple has issued a warning to iPhone and iPad users regarding an internet hoax that leaves handsets useless and irreparable.
A fake advertisement claims that changing the date on your iPhone to 1 January 1970 will give you a retro Apple design, but it doesn’t. It is claimed that the result of the change will allow users to discover a hidden Easter egg in the form of a 1970s-style multicoloured Apple logo and design.
Instead, the date change will cause your phone to become permanently stuck while rebooting if it is switched off or runs out of battery – if you have already made the change without rebooting then you are advised to return the date to its original setting immediately.
The bug affects the likes of the iPad Air, Mini 2 and any iPhone 5s onwards. The glitch was discovered last week, but a fake photo has been circulating on social media encouraging people to switch the date on iPhones 5s and upwards.
Apple confirmed the issue on its website, and said an upcoming software update would provide a solution.
Taking the device to an Apple store and getting a new one seems to be the only answer for iOS users who have fallen victim to the hoax at the moment.