Any parent who’s ever had their DVD player compromised by a toddler’s toys won’t be surprised by the headline above. The same goes for the millions of cell phones absconded with that have ended up in toilets.
So when New Yorker Staff Writer Evan Osnos sent out a Twitter alert on Saturday afternoon saying his three-year-old had managed to hijack the family iPad and lock it for, count ’em, 25,536,442 minutes (that’s 48.5 years), a tribe of parents responded with tech support, empathy and, of course, some good-natured humor.
Thus far, Osnos has received 470 responses, 5,000 likes and tech support from Apple Care. Some priceless tweets that hit his feed:
“A DeLorean, a flux capacitor, and 1.21 gigawatts and it’ll be like it never happened.” @elchalsa
“Do you still have a receipt for your 3 y-o?” @iamcornishpasty
“People are so impatient these days.” @DelPledgio
“Put it in a bag of rice.” @Ad4m____
“Reboot your 3 y-o.” @Grady_Booch
“When I was a kid and my mom didn’t want me to touch things she used this miracle invention called a shelf.” @ingodwetryst
As it turns out, iPads have a lockout feature that occurs whenever the wrong password is repeatedly entered. With every wrong entry, the lock-out time ratchets up. What Apple recommends in this scenario — a system restore.
On Tuesday morning, Osnos posted this follow-up: “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). Now restoring. Thanks to those who shared advice!”