Chinese Toddler Locks Her Mom’s iPhone For 48 Years

NewsflarePublished: March 8, 2018
Published: March 8, 2018

A three-year-old girl locked her mum's iPhone for nearly 25 million minutes - or nearly 48 years - after she entered the wrong passcode too many times, according to local media. You’d better make sure you don’t give your iPhone over to any youngsters today because we do not want you to go through the same headaches Mrs. Ye had gone.

In the video, captured on March 6, in Southeastern China's Fujian Province, the message: "iPhone is disabled. Please try again after 24,962,534 minutes" is shown on the device's screen, owned by a Mrs. Ye from Fuzhou City. After Ye got her phone back from her daughter, she found out that it was disabled and could only be unlocked after around 48 years.

According to local media, a member of staff at a mobile phone store said that the lock feature was aimed at protecting users' privacy and the safety of the device. Local reports said that Mrs. Ye could refresh the phone's system or reset it in order to start using it again but that she would lose all her data. One Chinese technician said that he’s seen phones locked for 80 years.

The iPhone security settings lock the phone after a certain amount of failed attempts at attempting to get the right passcode. For the first four failed attempts to unlock an iPhone, you get nothing in the form of “penalty” or “time off”, however, after the fifth failed passcode entry the user is blocked from even trying for 60 seconds. This waiting time extends to 5 minutes for 6 fails, 15 minutes for 7 and 8 fails and then an hour for nine passcode fails. Unfortunately, the only way to remove your passcode is to make a factory reset that will delete all of your data and settings.

Well done kiddo!

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