Letting a 2-year-old play with your iPhone can be quite risky. A 2-year-old boy in Shanghai, China, demonstrated the repercussion of doing just this, successfully locking his mother’s iPhone for 25 million minutes — equivalent to almost 48 years — after repeatedly entering the wrong passcode.
The toddler’s mother, who identified herself by her surname Lu, left her son with her iPhone so he could watch “educational videos” but returned to find that it had been locked for almost half a century, reported MailOnline.
The Apple iPhone has a feature which allows users to set a lockout period after a certain amount of wrong passcodes has been entered. The lockout period increases for each fail attempt. It is unclear how many times the unnamed 2-year-old had entered a wrong passcode, or how long his mother had left him with the device unattended.
Lu said her options were to wait for 48 years or reset her phone to factory settings — however, she said she didn’t want to as it would cause her to lose all her photos and contacts.
“I couldn’t really wait for 48 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake,” she humorously told Chinese media, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
A technician at the Apple store in Shanghai said she would have to wipe the phone and reinstall all the files.
“In this woman’s case, the only way out [without waiting] is to erase all the phone data and do a factory reset,” technician Wei Chunlong told SCMP.