I saw a message I'd never seen before: "i Pod is disabled -- try again in 22,656,990 minutes." Wow. "One of the twins probably put the wrong code in too many times." That made sense -- the i Pod had slipped into the wrong hands. I have 4-year-old twins and apparently one or both them had gone to town on the lock on the i Pod.No, you had to put your i Pod Touch in DFU mode, which allegedly allowed "all i OS devices to be restored from any state." I'd done a DFU reset with an i Phone 3GS a few years back, so I had some experience with it.It requires some finesse -- you turn off the device completely, then hold the power button for 3 seconds, then hold down the home button for 10 seconds, then let go of the power button while continuing to hold the home button. After taking a deep breath and admitting defeat, I figured it was time to go have a chat with the experts.
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Tens of thousands of people read and hundreds commented on it, some agreeing with my frustration, others calling me an idiot, which is par for the course whenever you write an article -- positive or negative -- about Apple. To appease my daughter's want for an i Pod Touch fifth-generation, I traded her my fourth-gen Touch for her disabled third-gen one. "It's got a camera and they still sell it in the store for 0," I said, selling it. The one you want anyway is the i Pad Mini Retina or the i Pod Touch 6. I do this for a living." "Are you going to fix that? "I'm going to try." Well, that proved more difficult than I thought.
Apple never contacted me after I wrote the piece, but a couple of months later, a reader tweeted me, saying that thanks to my article Apple had "caved" and extended the recall on i Mac drives (they're made by Seagate) to include 2010 models and some 2009 models. You're too late in the Apple product cycle to being buying a 5." "Too late in the what? I knew it was a long shot but I hoped I could connect the device to my computer and simply restore it, but sure enough, i Tunes said the device was disabled and I needed to input its security code before it could sync it.
To enable restrictions, first open the Settings app and choose General This passcode lets you change the Restrictions settings, so make sure your kid doesn’t know it!
You might want it to be different from your device passcode too.