According to the post on one of well-known scientific websites – Reddit, an interesting bug relating to the date and time system in iOS has came recently. Many Apple users have found that if you set your iOS device’s date to January 1, 1970, your iPhone won’t be boot normally, and will get stuck on Apple logo and consequently be bricked.
I have view a lot of complaints about this issue on Apple Community, and indeed Apple officially and indirectly declare they will fix this serious bug along with next update. For now, I don’t suggest you try to set your iPhone’s time to January 1, 1970 at all, unless you are going to buy new one.
With the latest news, this issue affects any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad with a 64-bit chip regardless of the iOS version being used. 32-bit iOS devices reportedly are not affected so far. Here is the list showing the specific devices. You can check if your device will be bricked after setting date to January 1, 1970.
A7: iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3
A7 variant: iPad Air
A8: Apple TV 4G, iPad mini 4, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch 6G
A8X: iPad Air 2
A9: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
A9X: iPad Pro
If you accidently get your iPhone into this annoying trouble, try those tricks below to fix and repair your bricked iDevice.
Way1. Charge your iDevice to the full and wait for several hours. When Unix timestamp value is greater than or equal to 0. Time system will work again and device can reboot normally.
Way2. Take apart your iDevice and take out its battery. Lay aside it for more than 10 minutes and then reinstall it. Before you decide to do that, please make sure you can reinstall it completely. Otherwise, I suggest you try next way to fix.
Way3. Try to resort to third-party tool. As I know, Tenorshare iCareFone (iPhone Care Pro) can fix various stuck problem for whatever reasons.
Step1. Download and install it on your computer. Connect your bricked iPhone with computer. Run the program and click Fix iOS Stuck.
Step2. The program will detect that your device is sutck in recovery moode. The button "Exit Recovery Mode" is highlighted. Please click "Exit Recovery Mode" and wait for less than 20 seconds. Your device will reboot during the process and then get out of the recovery mode stuck. You should not disconnect the device to avoid any abnormity.
If all the ways are unworkable, the only solution is to ask help for Apple store. To recover your important data such as contacts, phones, videos and so forth on iPhone/iPad/iPod, iPhone Data Recovery can help a lot. If you have any problem, you are welcomed to leave it in the comment section.