A date bug in iOS 11.1.2 appears to be causing iPhone devices to crash all around the world as local time-zones roll into December 2.
This morning, social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit are ablaze with irate messages from iPhone owners who report that their devices keep crashing.
After much investigation – courtesy of a thread on the iPhone subreddit – it appears that the issue relates to repeat time-based notifications. For instance, if an app on your phone is set to issue a daily reminder, and this remind is tied to the local time on your phone (i.e. not issued from a server) then it should crash your handset.
Curiously, the issue only seems to be affecting users for whom the local time has passed 12:15am on December 2, 2017. Setting the handset back to before this time appears to resolve the issue, even as close to the mark as 12:14am.
There are some potential fixes floating around, as follows:
Unfortunately, these fixes aren’t ideal, as they will impact other aspects of your iPhone’s functionality. It seems that the only real hope is waiting for Apple to issue a hot-fix that resolves the bug en masse for everyone.
The company’s Twitter support page is being inundated with users bemoaning iPhone crashes, but Apple is remaining coy about the issue so far, responding to one user with: “Relying on your iPhone is vital and we understand the concern to ensure your iPhone is working as expected. Please DM us the iOS version that’s currently installed on your iPhone and we’ll go from there.”
We’ve asked Apple for comment and will update this article with any response.
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