Two-year-old enters wrong password, locks iPhone for 47 years


As expected, every time an incorrect passcode was entered, the phone would lock up and force you to wait longer each time.

A Chinese toddler froze his mom's iPhone for 47 years in January, after he repeatedly entered the wrong passcode when playing with it, according to local media. When she returned after a while, Lu found that the iPhone is locked for 25 million minutes (over 48 years).

How is it possible?

For reference, typing the wrong password in an iPhone 6 times in a row will disable the smartphone and force the user to try again in a minute.

"I couldn't really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father's mistake", Lu was quoted saying by South China Morning Post.

A technician at an Apple store in Shanghai told the woman she could wait until the phone unlocked itself - a laughable suggestion - or perform a factory reset and erase all of the phone's contents.

Representative ImageThe exasperated woman took to Mumsnet to share her experience about her darling son who was allowed to use the phone to watch "educational videos". A Chinese mother claims that she has been locked out of her iPhone for almost 50 years!

This wasn't the first time an iPhone ended up locked for decades. However, most iOS customers have faced the inconvenience of being locked out for minutes when a passcode is entered incorrectly six times in a row.

She has considered rebooting the phone but does not want to as it would mean losing all her pictures, contacts and other files.

The Apple Store technician, Wei Chunlong, said that he's seen cases where the phone is locked up for 80 years.

As a matter of fact, this unfortunate incident could happen to any Apple device.

In any case, the ordeal certainly serves as a learning experience for all to always keep your phone data backed up and to especially keep a sharp eye on your electronics when they're in a young child's possession.