In our technological age, most parents of toddlers have experienced a similar frustration at least once. When a toddler gets their hands on a locked iPad, they try to unlock it. Then they try again. Then they try again.
Cut to an hour later, when the parent catches the toddler with the technology.
Because of Apple's security system, additional attempts to unlock the device past a certain number result in the tech being disabled for increasing measurements of time. Twitter user @eosnos took to Twitter for some advice about his iPad which is now disabled for the next 25 million+ minutes.
Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas? https://t.co/5i7ZBxx9rW— Evan Osnos (@Evan Osnos)1554588641.0
And Evan wasn't the only person with this problem.
@eosnos Happened to me too! https://t.co/mYmOWupUht— Simon Thackrah (@Simon Thackrah)1554814221.0
Many people believed the problem was with the child rather than the iPad.
@eosnos @__apf__ Reboot your 3 y.o.— Grady Booch (@Grady Booch)1554602183.0
@eosnos Have you tried unplugging the three year old and plugging it back in?— Kaj-Erik Eriksen™️ (@Kaj-Erik Eriksen™️)1554869548.0
@eosnos It that’s not an advertisement for birth control I don’t know what is— TshaunX ✊🏾💯🦍🐻 🌈 (@TshaunX ✊🏾💯🦍🐻 🌈)1554840893.0
Evan received some good advice and some...not so good advice.
@eosnos @stacyherbert Time travel seems to be your best bet.— GeorgeFWatson (@GeorgeFWatson)1554602274.0
But, fortunately, several good-hearted Twitter users told him how to fix the problem.
@eosnos That’s a well documented issue. Solutions here: https://t.co/NOFNVUYKj7— Xavier Brochart (@Xavier Brochart)1554599873.0
The solution involved restoring the iPad to a previous backed-up state.
@Dr_Jon @xbrochart @eosnos So it requires only short time to force the device owner to either refer to latest backu… https://t.co/4SnRJju9pX— Abu Hasan (@Abu Hasan)1554669097.0
@Ba7rain_ @Dr_Jon @xbrochart @eosnos That's the trade-off vs some nefarious actor being able to brute force the dev… https://t.co/Q0shQpPkOz— Tyler J Smith (@Tyler J Smith)1554821754.0
Restoring the device may seem inconvenient, but it's definitely better than waiting 25,536,442 minutes.
@eosnos @matthew_d_green Did the 3yr old get his hands on the iPad just as the 12,000,000 minutes from the previous lock expired?— Bertrand MT (@Bertrand MT)1554601959.0
@eosnos You when your iPad finally unlocks https://t.co/WIFok9fnZT— King of the Castle (@King of the Castle)1554840570.0
@rapsfan25 @eosnos https://t.co/c2vSWLPNcO— Kent_Williams 📸 (@Kent_Williams 📸)1554853095.0
Other suggestions fell a bit short of useful.
@eosnos Pour one out in memory of your iPad. https://t.co/9WxvmtCC78— Cynthia Lee (@Cynthia Lee)1554589335.0
@eosnos @matthew_d_green Put it in a bag of rice— аⅾаⅿ (@аⅾаⅿ)1554613672.0
@eosnos How did the little kid progressively reach that number? I mean, he or she normally would have to reach the… https://t.co/SY8gkoWPXZ— Farouk Ontario (@Farouk Ontario)1554759656.0
@eosnos Pretty sure you could create an account to let everyone watch the countdown... for the next half century.— Ash-Li (@Ash-Li)1554838549.0
@eosnos Call Tim Apple— Dr. TaskMaster (@Dr. TaskMaster)1554839940.0
Evan returned to Twitter later to thank everyone for their help! Everything turned out great.
@Byron_Mobley Hey thanks for checking it out!— Evan Osnos (@Evan Osnos)1554592179.0
Update on toddler-iPad-lock-out: Got it into DFU mode (don’t hold down the sleep/power button too long or you end u… https://t.co/nc4zFJqB0s— Evan Osnos (@Evan Osnos)1554818778.0
Remember, parents: trust is an important part of a child's development. Maybe you should just give them the iPad password.
@eosnos Next time just give the kid the passcode.— Jim Bonbright (@Jim Bonbright)1554588861.0