In the tweet, Evan Osnos said, "Uh, this looks fake, but alas, it's our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock". The first method is to restore the device via iTunes, which works best if you've taken a recent iTunes back of your device on the computer. Do it enough, and the device will be locked out for days and even years.
DFU (Device Firmware Update) allows iOS devices to be restored from any state.
"Try again in 25,536,442 minutes".
Usually, if someone inputs a wrong password far too many times, the device forces them to wait just one minute before giving it another go.
While multiple Twitter users offered sympathy and advice in resolving the issue, some users saw this as an opportunity for some light-hearted trolling with one user asking Evan to put his tablet in rice and another proposing time travel as the only possible solution.
This means the iPad can't be accessed until 2068.
Another person suggested Osnos should "reboot" the 3-year-old, but that seems a tad bit unnecessary. Any data that's not backed up, however, would be irretrievably lost.
On Monday, Osnos told the New York Daily News he was "still locked out". Hopefully Onos gets his iPad in working order again, and when he does, he should definitely consider putting the device out of his child's reach. The feature begins with smaller time limits for a lockout before growing over time.
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