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    How a Chinese toddler locked an iPhone – for 47 years
    How a Chinese toddler locked an iPhone – for 47 years
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    How a Chinese toddler locked an iPhone – for 47 years

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    Kristin Huang
    Kristin Huang
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    Here's a cautionary tale for every parent who's ever handed their toddler a screen to distract them.

    A two-year-old boy in Shanghai managed to disable his mom’s iPhone for 25 million minutes – or 47 years – after repeatedly entering the wrong passcode, news website Kankanews.com reported. 

    Each time the wrong keys were pressed, the phone was disabled for an increasingly long period of time.

    An Apple technician said that the mom could either wait the full 47 years – or wipe her phone. 

    Chinese netizens who read the story were judgy AF: some parents said the mom should never have allowed her child to play with the phone alone, while others said she should have backed up her data.

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    So what was the toddler trying to get his little hands on? An episode of Peppa Pig, a British cartoon that has racked up billions of views since it hit Chinese screens in 2015, according to China Daily.

    The Peppa Pig picture book is one of many banned in mainland China.
    The Peppa Pig picture book is one of many banned in mainland China. Photo: Shutterstock

    Screens are the only place fans are getting their fix, as the Peppa Pig picture book is one of many banned in mainland China after the government recently limited the number of foreign books for children allowed into the country. 

    KRISTIN HUANG
    KRISTIN HUANG
    Kristin Huang is a contributor to Inkstone and a senior China reporter at South China Morning Post. She is most interested in security topics in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.

    KRISTIN HUANG
    KRISTIN HUANG
    Kristin Huang is a contributor to Inkstone and a senior China reporter at South China Morning Post. She is most interested in security topics in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.

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