Apple is warning iPhone users not to fall for an internet hoax that leaves handsets useless and irreparable, BBC reported.
A fake advertisement claims that changing the date on your iPhone to 1 January 1970 will give you a retro Apple design – it doesn’t.
And the date change will cause your phone to become permanently stuck while rebooting if it’s switched off or runs out of battery.
The bug doesn’t affect all iPhone sets but the iPad Air, Mini 2 and any iPhone 5s onwards.
In an attempt to switch to reto theme when the phone is turned off and turned on again, it refuses to reboot, displaying the Apple home screen and going no further.
Apple confirmed the issue on its website, and said an upcoming software update would provide a solution.