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Dad Gets Locked Out Of iPad For 47 YEARS As Toddler Kept Entering Wrong Password

Dad Gets Locked Out Of iPad For 47 YEARS As Toddler Kept Entering Wrong Password

It all happened when a journalist dad Evan Osnos from Washington DC, gave his iPad to his toddler. But little did he know, it might turn out to be a decision, he'd deeply regret! 

Technology can be a tricky thing to deal with, especially if your 3-year-old kid is accessing the expensive piece of consumer technology. One could surely say that it is a risky move and one dad learnt it the hard way, reports Metro.

It all happened when a journalist dad Evan Osnos from Washington DC, gave his iPad to his toddler. But little did he know, it might turn out to be a decision, he'd deeply regret! 

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Handing over his iPad to his son meant being locked out of it for nearly half a century. Talking about his ordeal on Twitter, Osnos revealed that his son had entered the wrong passcode on the Apple gadget way too many times. And following this, the iPad locked itself. And what did that lead to? Now he could try again to enter the correct passcode in 25-and-a-half million minutes. Or roughly 47 years.



 

 

And that means, by the time the iPad unlocks itself, his son would be 50-years-old! For each password incorrectly entered, Apple's security locks increase the amount of time. In this case, Evan's son was surely involved in some serious keyboard bashing to make it reach nearly 47 years.

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And what did Evan do? Well, he took to Twitter to seek advice on how to solve his tech issue.“Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?” the New Yorker writer tweeted on Saturday.

And Twitter knew exactly what to do in his case. A Twitter user said: "I would just wait it out", while another suggested: "Reboot your 3 y.o."

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While another user quite clearly made a valid point, "Did the 3yr old get his hands on the iPad just as the 12,000,000 minutes from the previous lock expired?" There were also others who suggested that he could gift this iPad to his kid when he turns 50! Oh Twitter, you never cease to amaze us! 

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However, Evan claims he still hasn't found a proper answer to his dilemma. “We’re still locked out,” he told the New York Daily News by email on Monday. “It’s down a few hundred minutes from yesterday, but it looks like we’ve still got 25 million minutes to go. On Twitter, people have suggested various fixes but the consensus seems to be that we’re using an old operating system that won’t let us restart fresh from iTunes. When I get home from work tonight, I’ll give it a try and see what happens.”

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According to tech experts on Twitter, there were some legitimately good replies. And not just for Evans, even if you are found in a situation--being locked out of the iPad, then Apple has some guidelines to help you reset it. However, it is not going to be as easy as it sounds, especially if you haven't backed up your data! You can reset the iPad but also bid adieu to all the personal stuff you had stored in it (without backing up). 

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You should first connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes. Once it is connected, you need to force restart it. A pop-up should appear which will ask you whether to Restore or Update. And then click on Restore, and iTunes will then download software for your device. Once this is done, you can go on to set up and use your device again.

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And this meant Evan had two options left with him -- either lose all his data or wait for nearly half a century. And there are also two lessons that he could learn from this -- -always back up your data and secondly, avoid handing your expensive gadgets to your kids!

Osnos is a renowned journalist who has won a National Book Prize. He was also in the running for a Pulitzer for his 2014 book “Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China.”

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