Apple users take note: This 5-second video will crash your iPhone

Apple users be careful: A new five-second video can cause your iPhone to crash, and here's how

By: Tech Desk | Published:November 23, 2016 9:29 am
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Apple users have a new bug to worry about. This time it is in the form of a five-second video which can cause your iPhone to crash. According to a video shared by YouTube channel EverythingApplePro viewing this one video in Safari causes iOS to crash. Another report on 9to5Mac says it is not clear why this happens, but it is likely a corrupted video file which iOS is unable to handle when it is playing.

EverythingApplePro’s video already has over 800,000 views on YouTube. The problem was discovered by users on Reddit. Also this isn’t limited to one iOS build. Apparently in the video even iPhones on iOS 5 will freeze and the phone will crash. The report also points out that in iOS 10.2 beta 3, the iPhone will power off and show the spinning wheel for a really long time.

But don’t worry, there is a solution for this problem. Apple users just need to hard reset their iPhone. In iPhone 6s and older series, you just long press the home and power button at the same time. In case of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus just long press the power and volume down button together.

Another video on The Verge shows how the link can be delivered via a iMessage and what happens when you click it. The device doesn’t crash immediately after you’ve watched the video, it takes around 5-10 seconds, and according to the report, the device starts to slow down and eventually freezes forcing a hard reset.

Check out the YouTube video showing how the link impacts an iPhone below

This is not the first bug facing iOS devices in recent times. In May last year there was a bug which caused iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text was received. The bug included symbols and Arabic characters and affected iPhones running iOS 8.3.

Also read: Apple iOS 9.3: iPhone, iPad users complain of Safari crashing after update

The device would restart as soon a user got the message. Apple had later issued a software fix for the problem. Then in March 2016 iPad and iPhone users faced issues with Safari which kept crashing after iOS 9.3 update. Apple has yet to issue a statement on this latest bug affecting iPhones. For now iPhone users should open any MP4 files or links sent to them via iMessage, especially from unknown numbers.