In a report from the South China Morning Post (via 9to5Mac), a woman in China identified by her family name Lu claims that she had given her toddler her iPhone to watch educational videos online. However when she came home, she discovered that her phone had been disabled for 25 million minutes, which roughly works out to be 47 years.
She brought her iPhone to an Apple store in Shanghai where according to the technician, Wei Chunlong, she had the choice to either wait out those 47 years, or wipe her phone and start from scratch. According to Wei, this isn’t the worst case he’s seen as he’s seen devices locked up to 80 years. “In this woman’s case, the only way out [without waiting] is to erase all the phone data and do a factory reset.”
What’s interesting is that Lu actually waited two months to see if the problem would rectify itself. Lu was quoted as saying, “I couldn’t really wait for 47 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake.” It is unclear if she might had backed up her data to the cloud or computer.