Man gets locked out of his Apple iPad until 2067

Man gets locked out of his Apple iPad until 2067
To keep its iOS devices secure, every time an incorrect passcode is entered on an iPhone or iPad, the device remains locked for an increasing amount of time. Now if you have a toddler who likes to continuously tap on the glass screen of an Apple iPad, well you can just imagine what might occur. And for one Evan Osnos, the nightmare scenario became reality when his three-year old locked him out of his tablet for 25,536,442 minutes.

Osnos, who shared the story and an image of his iPad screen via a tweet, is unable to access his tablet for approximately 48 and half years. That means that Evan has to wait until October 2067 to punch in his passcode and open up his tablet, if he can even remember his passcode at that time.

Here's how it works. After six incorrect attempts to enter a passcode, an iOS device locks down and prevents any more attempts to enter the correct code. This is because iOS sees this as an attempt by a hacker to break into the device (known as a brute force attack). After six attempts, the number of minutes that the devics is locked continues to rise. Depending on the settings, after 10 incorrect attempts, the iPhone or iPad will automatically wipe all stored data.

But luckily enough for Mr. Osnos, this is a scenario that Apple has seen before and it does have a solution. If he hooks up his iPad to a computer and connects to iTunes, the tablet can be restored. This replaces the data that was wiped with a file of backed up data. This is a good reason why you should backup your data often, especially if you have a curious toddler in your home.

Evan Osnos get locked out of his Apple iPad for over 48 years

Evan Osnos get locked out of his Apple iPad for over 48 years

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21 Comments

3. BigVanVader

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

Kid ruined everything

9. yalokiy

Posts: 864; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I don't see how this can happen. When you fail to enter the password, you get locked out of possibility to enter the password for 30 seconds. Each time the timeframe doubles or multiplies, but (e.g.) you would have to wait for a day first to try your next attempt and multiply that time. Then you would have to wait for a week before you could try again.

10. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Yeah. I thought the same thing. But after seeing the image of the iPad (still using pre-iOS 7) we can assume this was an old iPad no one really cared about and was handed to the kid. Or deliberately locked by the dad.

17. matistight

Posts: 892; Member since: May 13, 2009

It's 1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, and so on. Never 30 seconds. 30 seconds is android

23. yalokiy

Posts: 864; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

True, but that is not the point. I was just lazy to try it on my iPad, so tested on my op6.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 3744; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

iOS is designed for this child's age group. Not sure why he couldn't figure out what was going on....

18. matistight

Posts: 892; Member since: May 13, 2009

Clearly fake story. The only time that happens is when typing in the password incorrectly, then having is disable for a minute. After that, the battery needs to either be unplugged or die for so long that the battery resets to 1970/1971. Not to mention this is iOS 6 or older. Story is fake, picture isn't. NEXT. STORY.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 645; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why is everyone so upset about this article?

26. iushnt

Posts: 3035; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I have had disabled my iPhone recently and had to factory reset it. It was permanently disabled after attempting for few hours. Something is fishy with this story or may be older iOS handled that way. So when something sounds fishy, people do get upset. Welcome to the internet!!

27. Vancetastic

Posts: 645; Member since: May 17, 2017

It’s a weird story, for sure. I just don’t get all the fighting. Why is everyone labeled a “hater”?

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