A woman in Shanghai might rethink letting her toddler use her phone as a toy after she was locked out of her iPhone for nearly 48 years, all because toddler button-mashed while trying to watch Peppa Pig.
According to Business Insider, who obtained the information from Chinese media, the woman had forgotten her phone when she went out for the day. This gave her 2-year-old son the perfect opportunity to snag the device and, unbeknownst to the person who was watching him, try to watch his favorite cartoon on the screen.
When the woman returned, she found that her phone was locked because of her son's many, many...many unsuccessful login attempts.
The iPhone's screen read: "iPhone is disabled, try again in 25,114,980 minutes." That's 47.78 years.
No problem, the Apple Store can just debug it with no problem, right? Think again. Apparently, when she brought it to the Genius Bar, employees told her she had two options -- wipe everything from her phone and lose all the data that hadn't been backed up, or wait the 48 years to use her phone again in 2066.
Here's the kicker -- apparently, nothing on her phone had been backed up.
As crazy and unbelievable as it is, according to the South China Morning Post this doesn't hold the record for the longest time an iPhone has been disabled. Wei Chunlong, an Apple technician, told the Post the longest case of a locked phone was a whopping 80 years.
"I couldn't really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father's mistake," the woman, identified publicly only by her family name Lu, was quoted as saying. So in the end, she opted to wipe her phone.
Let this be a lesson to us all -- maybe rethink letting small children use our electronics as toys. Or at least, make sure to exercise hypervigilance and watch out for button mashing.
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