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Apple warns iPhone users not to set internal clocks to 1 January 1970 amidst bricking reports

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By John Glenday, Reporter

February 18, 2016 | 1 min read

Apple is urging iPhone owners to resist the temptation to flee the 21st century and travel back to the seventies by winding their phones internal clocks back to 1 January 1970, amidst reports that this will merely serve to brick the device rather than open up a world of flared trousers, tower blocks and brown wallpaper.

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This follows the emergence of a fake advert urging people to do just that as part of an internet prank designed to catch out gullible Apple fans by capitalising on a major software bug affecting the iPad Air, Mini 2 and iPhone 5s upwards.

It claimed that a hidden Easter egg would unlock a retro-styled Apple rainbow logo if the clock was pushed back as far as it would go when in reality it merely confuses the operating system to such an extent that it gives up the ghost completely when switched off and refuses to reboot.

Owners in such a predicament have no option but to sheepishly hand in their device to their local Apple store and pick up a new one.

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