"Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it's our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas?" Osnos tweeted last week.
Osnos followed up Tuesday to say he acted on advice from other Twitter users and put the tablet into Device Firmware Update mode, which allowed him to restore it from a previous state.
"Update on toddler-iPad-lock-out: Got it into DFU mode (don't hold down the sleep/power button too long or you end up in recovery). Now restoring. Thanks to those who shared advice!" he wrote.