Three-second video clip is crashing people's iPhones

Three-second video clip is crashing people's iPhones

That means you should feel free to keep browsing around YouTube and Vimeo and Facebook videos in your usual footloose and fancy-free fashion. This doesn't sound good. And now it looks like there's another bug free in the wild: A video that can crash your iPhone seconds after you watch it. But according to multiple reports that emerged on Tuesday, that happens when a malicious clip renders some iPhones unstable by causing them to freeze and crash in an endless loop. Then, all of a sudden the device will freeze and neither your TouchID or Power button would function anymore.

On most iPhones you do this by holding down the Home and Power buttons at the same time. Luckily, the device can simply be rebooted and it works again.

Trolls need to stop, basically.

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Either way, we recommend you avoid clicking on random links sent to you via iMessage or WhatsApp for the time being. They've not only had problems with iOS 10, but also with the new macOS Sierra operating systems for Macs. The Verge reports testing the video on a number of iPhones running iOS 10.1 and beta versions of iOS 10.2, getting the same result with each device.

This isn't the first time Apple users have experienced problems like this; earlier this year a problem known as "error 53" was "bricking" devices, even wiping some users' iPhones. It's just a weird bug that Select Allexplains is probably due to corrupted video encoding. Apple however has been very pro-active when it comes to releasing fixes for such bugs. Then in March 2016 iPad and iPhone users faced issues with Safari which kept crashing after iOS 9.3 update. The bug was replicated in a video by EverythingApplePro.

The Gurdian reported that this latest iPhone video prank doesn't seem to have any long-term effect on your devices. Apple had later issued a software fix for the problem. You can do this by simultaneously pressing the Power and Volume Down buttons on the iPhone 7, and Power and Home button on older models.