Reason number 583 to not let the smallest of home play alone with technological devices: They can block them. This is what has happened to Evan Osnos, a journalist at The New Yorker, this weekend. The story, with a happy ending, was told through his Twitter account.
"Uh! This seems like a lie, but, this is our iPad after our 3-year-old son tried to unlock it (repeatedly) Any ideas? "Osnos tweeted. According to CNN, in the attached photo you can see the iPad screen where you can read "Try again within 25,536,442 minutes."
This translates into more than 48 years. So the journalist's iPad will be blocked until the year 2067. This blocking is a security feature of the Apple devices that it is activated every time someone repeatedly types the wrong password. The more times an incorrect password is entered, the longer the blocking time. But Osnos played his cards well and went to social networks for help: his Twitter followers gave him all kinds of tricks.
Some of these solutions were simple. "Connect it to the computer and let it synchronize with iTunes," suggested one user. Although there was also room for jokes. "Put it in a bag full of rice" or "The passage of time seems to be your best option," were some of the answers to the tweet from Osnos. But what does Apple say that must be done in these cases? According to the technology company, the journalist should perform a restoration to use the device again, which would lead to the loss of iPad data.
Osnos explained days later that the waiting time had been reduced, but that there were still 25 million minutes left. "It seems that we are using an old iOS version that does not allow us to restart from iTunes," the journalist added. Finally, yesterday the desperate father tweeted that I had managed to put the device in DFU mode and was in the process of being restored.
Osnos played his cards well and went to social networks for help: his Twitter followers gave him all kinds of tricks