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It is apparently possible to lock an IPhone for 42 years

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by , 8th September 2012 at 02:59 PM (2964 Views)
At least according this article that I've translated from Danish to English with some help from Google translate and my own corrections. Not perfect, but better than nothing.

Original, Danish article is here: Link

The phone is locked and disabled in 22,268,470 minutes.

Yes. A man in Trondheim, Norway, barely believed his own eyes when he would open his smartphone of the brand, the iPhone. The Norwegian radio and television station NRK has reported this.

His son had gotten hold of the phone and pressed the password wrong so many times that the phone is locked for 42 years before it can be reopened.

Can not open

- Now there's a new iPhone before too long, so I doubt that the man's phone is active for 42 years, says Per Morten Hoff, Head of IT industry interest group in Norway.

- But the case shows that the smartphone is not a toy, he adds to NRK.

Buy a new one

Most iPhone users choose to have a four-digit password to lock the phone. If you enter the digits incorrectly multiple times, the user must wait a few minutes and can be attempted again.

But in Trondheim's case, the son did not wait long enough, and the boy pressed wrong codes so many times that the wait was multiplied in the infinite - or 22 million minutes.

At the manufacturer, the man the got another shock. Apple's advice to the man: Buy a new one!
Morale of the story: don't let little kids play with your smartphones. You're going to regret it.
But what's with Apple's attitude in this case? I'm sure they can fix this issue with no problem whatsoever.

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Updated 8th September 2012 at 03:22 PM by Tophat Dragoneye

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  1. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Makes sense. This way, the man has to buy another one of their products, meaning they get more money.
  2. Caprizant's Avatar
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    Maybe the iTimeCapsule prototype got loose?
  3. Tophat Dragoneye's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    Makes sense. This way, the man has to buy another one of their products, meaning they get more money.
    Most people will only buy from a company if there's good customer service, and this is a bad example by Apple in my opinion
  4. Shiny Staraptor's Avatar
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    Another reason not to go with Apple.
  5. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
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    NOt really surprised that Apple doesn't give a shit. He could probably do an illegal hack or something and unlock it though.
  6. H-con's Avatar
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    Apple's advice to the man: Buy a new one!
    Never change!

    Also, Trondheim representing! Plus, original article
    Tophat Dragoneye likes this.

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