iOS

How To Avoid The iOS Date Bricking Bug

While Apple has long held the reputation of making secure devices, you can’t expect an iPhone or a particular version of iOS to be completely bug-free. The Apple Watch has been plagued by some charging issues in the past, and the latest bug to rear its rather unpleasant head is the date bricking boot loop. If you own an iOS device with a 64-bit CPU, your device can go into a seemingly infinite boot loop if it is set to a particular date. Though you can easily Google this date, we don’t think it will be a good idea to make it any more public than it already is. To fix¬†this, you either need to wait for the battery to get drained fully, or a trip to a repair shop / Apple store is needed where the¬†battery will be taken out and reinserted to get the device running again. If you want a safeguard against all this though, there is an easier way out in the form of a Cydia tweak.

BrickingDate can be installed from the Cydia store just like any other tweak. No configuration is needed, and there is no Settings menu added either. The tweak is just there, and works its magic staying in the background.

iPhone Date Bricking Bug Fix

The tweak does take care of most ‘pranksters’ or half-hearted attempts at sabotaging your iPhone, so it is always a good idea to be extra careful. The tweak is free, but is not available in any of the default Cydia repositories. To get your hands on BrickingDate, here is what needs to be done.

Getting BrickingDate To Safeguard Against Date Bricking

  1. Open Cydia.
  2. Go to the ‘Sources’ tab.
  3. On the top-right corner of the screen, there is the ‘Edit’ button.
  4. Add the following new repo;
    repo.ziph0n.com
  5. Now search for BrickingDate and install it.

Once installed, the tweak makes sure that no regular user can exploit the date bricking bug maliciously. BrickingDate makes it impossible for users to set the problematic date on an iPhone in the usual manner; i.e. by going to the Settings app and tinkering with the Clock settings. Of course, there is always the possibility of someone going the extra mile and attacking your device by setting off the date bricking bug through a software, so always be careful of what you install on your iPhone.