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A phone for the next generation

Today’s toddlers upgrade from rattles to digital devices pretty quickly, with parents seeing the likes of an iPad as a welcome way to distract their offspring. But for a woman from Shanghai the strategy backfired when her two year-old got hold of her iPhone for a day. According to Kankanews, a video news website that’s part of Shanghai Media Group, the mother wanted the boy to watch educational videos while she was out. However, he ended up putting the wrong passcode into the phone so many times that it was automatically locked for the equivalent of 47 years (every time an incorrect entry is made, an iPhone is disabled for a few more minutes for security reasons).

The story came to light when the woman went to her local Apple Store and the technician told her she had to choose between waiting almost five decades to unlock it, or reset it (and lose her data). Kankanews says she took the second option. “I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was his father’s mistake,” she explained.

The technician told the website this wasn’t even the most extraordinary case that he had encountered: he knew of a situation where someone had locked themselves out of their iPhone for 80 years.

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