However, this should not be performed as it is a prank that causes irreversible harm to your iOS device.
The image associated with this prank states:
“The original Macintosh introduced the world to computers, forever changing the way people experience technology, and allowing people to do things that were never possible before. With this easter egg, warp back in time with a classic Macintosh theme to relive the magic on your iPhone. Change the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970, press and hold the power button to reboot your device, and prepare for a wild ride.”
Although the image looks like something Apple would release, and their products do occasionally have fun easter eggs inside of them — this is not one of them!
So what happens if you set your iPhone to 1/1/1970?
Once this is done, and your phone turns off, it will be unable to turn back on. This action will permanently “brick” your iPhone causing a disrupt in the core of the software. Files will not be accessible and the phone becomes completely unusable — even if you try to perform a full factory reset via iTunes. Not even an Enjoy Expert can help 😉
We all love a fun easter eggs, but nobody likes a broken phone.