Let this be a warning to all parents with young gadget-loving toddlers.
A woman in Shanghai has learned the hard way that toddlers and smartphones are not a good mix.
According to Chinese media, the woman had forgotten her iPhone while she went out one day.
This gave her 2-year-old son the opportunity to take the phone from his elderly caretakers so he could watch Peppa Pig.
When she returned, she discovered that the phone had been disabled due to multiple unsuccessful login attempts.
“iPhone is disabled, try again in 25,114,980 minutes,” the simple message on the screen read.
25,114,980 minutes – that’s a whopping 47.7834475 years.
In other words, she will not be able to unlock her iPhone for the next 48 years.
At the service centre, she was told by Apple support staff that she had two choices – wait 48 years or re-format her phone and lose all the un-backed data stored on it.
As she had not backed up any of the information on her phone, she was unwilling to reformat the phone. But waiting 48 years was simply not an option.
In the end, she chose to re-format the iPhone – a wise choice, especially since smartphones would probably no longer exist by the year 2066.
A news report published on Chinese portal Sina quoted an expert as saying that the problem may have occurred due to an error in the date and time set on the iPhone.
As her phone was set to airplane mode, it would not have been able to automatically correct this error, the expert said.
The problem is made worse by her phone’s older and obsolete operating system.
And believe it or not. She doesn’t even hold the record for longest lock-out time ever. According to staff she spoke to, another iPhone user found his phone locked for 80 years.