A woman from Shanghai found her iPhone locked for almost 48 years after she let her young son play with it, Oriental Daily reported.
Known only as Lu, she was shocked when the device notified she had to wait 25,114,984 minutes, about 47.8 years, before she could re-enter her password.
An Apple store said the phone would have to be reformatted and all stored data would be wiped out.
Lu was reluctant to do that as she had not backed up her phone, but also realised she had no choice.
“In 47 years, I probably can’t use my phone anymore,” she said. An Apple store employee said the problem was seen in iPhones running older operating systems.
Lu’s son had accidentally activated the iPhone’s security system, which locked the device when the wrong passcode was entered. Each time the boy entered a wrong passcode, the length of time the iPhone remained disabled got longer.
Technician Wei Chunlong told the website that there have been cases where iPhones were disabled for 80 years in the same manner.
Lu had tried to wait out the problem hoping it would fix itself, but this has not materialized after two months.
She was quoted as telling the website, “I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake.”