An idiot's guide to why the 1 Jan 1970 bug bricks phones and iPads

14 February 2016, 02:00



YouTube celeb Tom Scott explains in very simple language why 64-bit iPhones (and not older 32-bit models!) are affected by the 1 Jan 1970 bug that can brick them. See the video below.

It’s an integer underflow, caused by attempting to take 1 away from 0. As if you didn’t already know. But Tom explains much better in everyday language.

Now you can entertain people at dinner parties and other social gatherings with the knowledge – perfect for picking up a partner this Valentine’s Day.


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