More than 25 million minutes or 48.5 years converted: if this man from Washington wants to use his iPad again, he will have to wait a long time. Fortunately, the message on the screen sounds a bit more dramatic than it actually is.
Evan Osnos has a toddler in the house, and he must have known that. His son got hold of the tablet and tried too hard to guess the password. Result? “The iPad is disabled. Try again in 25,536,442 minutes.”
Wait for more than 48.5 years? The journalist from the magazine ‘The New Yorker’ didn’t like that at all. That is why he enlisted the help of Twitter. “Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?”
If you make a mistake too often, you will end up with a locked device. The more wrong attempts, the longer you have to wait before you can take another chance. It should be clear that this child has done his best.
The hefty message on the screen, however, mainly serves as a deterrent method, so that a (long) break can be inserted. Thanks to a reset via iTunes you can then get the iPad working again. You will then lose all data unless you had arranged a back-up in advance.
Another option is, of course, to never let preschool children play with an iPad. “Reboot your son”, it sounded like a joke on Twitter. And: “Drink one, in memory of your iPad.”