3yo locks dad out of iPad for over 48 years after entering wrong password

A toddler has shown how easy it is to lock an iPad for nearly half a century.

Evan Osnos, a staff writer at The New Yorker, found this out the hard way after his toddler disabled his iPad for more than 48 years.

"Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it's our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?" he said in a Twitter post, with a photo showing his iPad disabled for 25,536,442 minutes.

An iPad lockout occurs whenever someone repeatedly tries to enter the wrong password. The more times an incorrect password is entered, the longer the lock-out time.

Osno's Twitter followers, luckily, offered advice  not all positive - in the comments.

"Put it in a bag of rice," one commenter said.

Another person said: "Time travel seems your best bet".

Apple says you need to perform a restore to use the device again.

"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," Osnos told the New York Daily News.

Later on Monday local time, Osnos tweeted he was in the process of restoring the tablet.

"Update on toddler-iPad-lock-out: Got it into DFU mode (don't hold down the sleep/power button too long or you end up in recovery)," the post says.

"Now restoring. Thanks to those who shared advice!"

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