This five-second video is a new bug causing iOS devices to freeze

A corrupt MP4 file is causing iOSdevice to freeze and crash abruptly.

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Highlights

    • This five-second video is a new bug causing iOS devices to freeze.
    • The MP4 video in Safari causes the iOS to overload and the device becomes unresponsive.
    • The bug is not limited to just one iOS build but is affecting iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7 and the latest iOS 10 as well.

A new bug has pop out in the Apple iOs devices. This new bug in the form of a five second video can cause the iPhone devices to lock up and freeze.

This five second MP4 file was discovered by the users on Reddit. As the user clicks on the MP4 file and the device forcefully lock up and freeze.

A YouTube channel EverythingApplePro shared a video, viewing Mp4 video in Safari causes iOS to overload and the device becomes unresponsive. Apparently the bug is not limited to just one iOS build . The video shows that the bug affects the iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7 and the latest iOS 10 as well. Even the beta copy iOS 10.2 version 3 doesn’t gets spared  from this new video bug. The reports points out how the iPhone with beta 3 version  power off and show the spinning wheel for a really long time.

According to 9 to 5Mac, report says that it is not clear why it happens, but it is likely a corrupted video file which iOS is unable to handle when it is playing.

Another video on TheVerge shows how the link delivered via iMessage generates a loop causing the iPhone to crash around 10 seconds after watching it. The video which appears to be corrupt causes the device to slow down eventually and then freeze forcing a hard reset.

The bug is not a major issue though, as the iPhone user can recover from the crash by holding the power button and the home button at the same time so as to perform a hard reset. For iPhone 6s and older series the user can follow this trick and in case of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus the user just need to long press the power and volume down button together. The iPhone once rebooted will start working normally.  

This five second video however is not the first bug that put iOS software aspect under question. Last year in May a message containing a specific string of text caused iPhones to crash when received. Apple which addressed the problem to have affected the iPhone iOS 8.4 later issued a software fix for the problem.

The iPhone and iPad devices were surrounded with another issue in March, 2016 where the users faced issues with Safari that kept crashing after the iOS 9.3 update.

With the new bug affecting the iPhone family, Apple is yet to issue a solution to fix this problem. For now the user only need to be wary and avoid clicking any MP4 files sent to them via iMessage, especially from the unknown numbers.