Back to the future: Apple debunks Jan. 1, 1970 iOS device bug, says it's actually May 1

Jan. 1, 1970 is a day that lives in infamy for many iOS users. 

Although some iOS users claimed setting the date on an iOS device to Jan. 1, 1970 would provide access to Easter eggs, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) said doing so can "brick" an iPad or iPhone.

"Manually changing the date to May 1970 or earlier can prevent your iOS device from turning on after a restart," Apple said in a prepared statement. The company instructed users who may have done so to contact Apple Support.

As a result, Jan. 1, 1970 has become a date that many iOS developers and programmers now fear.

Meanwhile, some critics took a humorous approach to the iOS glitch.

But even though Apple has identified the problem, there is no guarantee the issue is fully resolved. 

Many developers also are wondering, some tongue in cheek, if similar iOS problems may affect developers and programmers in the future.

However, those who follow the right steps can fix the 1970 iOS bug quickly and easily.