BREAKING NEWS : Silver Alert issued for Trent D. Thomas of Fort Wayne Full Story

A 3-year-old boy repeatedly entered the wrong password, locked up his dad's iPad until 2067

Article Image

Let's just call this reason No. 580 not to leave your kids alone with technology: They might lock you out of it.That's what happened over the weekend...

Posted: Apr 9, 2019 1:53 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 3:15 PM

Let's just call this reason No. 580 not to leave your kids alone with technology: They might lock you out of it.

That's what happened over the weekend to Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He put out a tweet -- or a cry for help -- letting the world know of the little situation his toddler put him in.

'Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it's our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?' Osnos tweeted. A photo of the iPad's screen noted the device was disabled. It also had this mind-blowing message: 'Try again in 25,536,442 minutes.'

That's more than 48 years, for those of you who don't want to do the math. So Osnos' iPad will be available to him again sometime in 2067. Great, he'll have something to keep him occupied in the retirement home.

The iPad lockout is a security feature of Apple devices that kicks in whenever someone repeatedly types the wrong password. The more times an incorrect password is entered, the longer the lock-out time grows.

Thankfully Osnos' Twitter followers gave all kinds of help in the comments, because there's nothing but good things in the comments, right?

People offered hundreds of suggestions. Some were practical: 'Just connect it to the computer you originally synced it to iTunes on, let it sync and it'll be fine.'

Others were nonsensical: 'Put it in a bag of rice.'

One commenter had a novel idea: 'Time travel seems to be your best bet.'

Yeah, probably.

Another person suggested Osnos should 'reboot' the 3-year-old, but that seems a tad bit unnecessary.

Ready for a restore

Several others said no worries --- just wait out the 48 years. Because you know folks on social media are known for their patience.

So what does Apple suggest? Apple says you would need to perform a restore to use the device again (but you would lose the data on the device if you've never backed it up).

Osnos told the New York Daily News on Monday he was still locked out of the device.

'It's down a few hundred minutes from yesterday, but it looks like we've still got 25 million minutes to go,' he told the newspaper. 'The consensus seems to be that we're using an old operating system that won't let us restart fresh from iTunes.'

CNN reached out to Osnos for comment and is waiting to hear back.

Later on Monday Osnos tweeted that he'd managed to get the iPad into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode and is in the process of restoring the tablet.

'Thanks to those who shared advice!' he said.

Assuming Osnos gets back into the iPad, maybe he should just give his kid the password.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 36578

Reported Deaths: 2258
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion10188604
Lake3876207
Allen181071
Cass15919
Elkhart158528
St. Joseph135838
Hendricks120478
Hamilton119194
Johnson1125113
Madison60061
Porter56233
Clark53942
Bartholomew53139
LaPorte44824
Howard44236
Tippecanoe4344
Jackson4012
Delaware39741
Shelby39722
Hancock35427
Boone32436
Floyd31941
Vanderburgh2913
Morgan28626
Noble27821
Montgomery24917
Clinton2471
White2399
Decatur23132
Grant22923
Dubois2113
Kosciusko2052
Harrison19622
Marshall1872
Henry18512
Vigo1828
Greene17226
Dearborn17122
Monroe17113
Lawrence17124
Warrick16729
Miami1461
Putnam1427
Jennings1324
Orange13122
LaGrange1282
Scott1263
Franklin1168
Ripley1086
Daviess10416
Carroll952
Wayne906
Steuben902
Wabash812
Newton8010
Fayette797
Jasper741
Jay580
Clay533
Randolph523
Rush513
Fulton511
Washington501
Pulaski500
Jefferson491
Whitley453
DeKalb451
Starke423
Perry390
Huntington382
Sullivan371
Wells350
Owen341
Brown331
Benton320
Knox310
Blackford272
Tipton261
Crawford250
Adams231
Switzerland220
Spencer221
Fountain222
Gibson202
Parke180
Posey160
Martin140
Warren131
Ohio130
Vermillion100
Union100
Pike60
Unassigned0180

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 37758

Reported Deaths: 2357
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin6323295
Cuyahoga4789265
Hamilton2811171
Marion268832
Lucas2329263
Pickaway209938
Summit1529181
Mahoning1486191
Butler97532
Columbiana89453
Stark803102
Montgomery73417
Lorain73061
Trumbull60052
Belmont44915
Warren40721
Medina37624
Tuscarawas3714
Ashtabula36938
Miami36730
Delaware36014
Portage33557
Lake32512
Clark3237
Fairfield3188
Wood30649
Geauga30334
Wayne29651
Licking27110
Mercer2278
Richland2224
Allen22133
Clermont2195
Darke19023
Erie18416
Madison1647
Washington11819
Crawford1184
Morrow1081
Ottawa10717
Greene1065
Putnam9514
Sandusky9112
Monroe8015
Auglaize773
Hardin730
Ross732
Hocking705
Jefferson672
Huron611
Williams581
Holmes573
Union561
Muskingum561
Hancock531
Coshocton480
Wyandot482
Clinton471
Shelby473
Fulton450
Logan430
Fayette410
Preble391
Guernsey382
Carroll353
Defiance342
Brown311
Lawrence301
Highland291
Champaign281
Seneca262
Knox251
Ashland230
Vinton212
Perry191
Athens181
Scioto180
Henry170
Jackson150
Paulding140
Adams111
Harrison100
Pike90
Gallia81
Van Wert70
Meigs60
Noble60
Morgan50
Unassigned00
Fort Wayne
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
Angola
64° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 64°
Huntington
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 65°
Decatur
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Van Wert
Scattered Clouds
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Sunny & Pleasant Weekend
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events