Washington Toddler Manages To Lock iPad For 5 Decades

Wait for more than 25 million minutes, or 48.5 years: if Evan Osnos, a writer for the New Yorker residing in Washington, wants to use his iPad again, he will have to wait a very long time.

Fortunately, the message on the screen sounds a bit more dramatic than it actually is.

Evan Osnos has a toddler. His 3-year-old son got hold of the tablet and tried too hard to guess the password.

Result? “The iPad is blocked. Try again in 25,536,442 minutes. “

Wait more than 48 years? The journalist didn’t like that at all.

That is why he enlisted the help of Twitter. “Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?”

If you make a mistake too often, you will end up with a locked device. The more wrong attempts, the longer you have to wait before you can take another chance. It should be clear that this child has tried … and tried again.

ckASa07yQR1Ad_-pPKlZThe hefty message on the screen, however, mainly serves as a deterrent method, so that a (long) break can be inserted.

Thanks to a reset via iTunes you can then get the iPad working again. You will then lose all data, unless you had arranged a back-up in advance.

Another option is of course to never let preschool children play with an iPad. “Reboot your son”, someone responsed on Twitter; another stated, “Have a drink, in memory of your iPad.”

Source: Twitter @EOsnos

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