Some Reddit users just discovered a bug in Apple's iOS software Tuesday that causes iPhones to freeze after playing a short, corrupted MP4 file.
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The problem reportedly only occurs when the video is sent as a link rather transferred as a file, although one Reddit commenter on /r/Apple reported that he received the video as a file on WhatsApp and it also caused his phone to crash.
The devices crashed after about 10 seconds when viewing the video via the default player in iMessage. So, don't text it to your friends (unless you have an evil agenda).
We have also tested out the video that causes the bug, and it did indeed crash an iPhone 6S running iOS 10.1.1 when it was sent as a link via iMessage.
The problem appears to not be with iMessage, but how iOS handles corrupted videos.
The bug is similar but not related to a certain problem that plagued iPhones last year. In that instance, users who received a string of characters via text message saw their iPhones crash and automatically reboot. Apple addressed the issue through a system update.
How can you avoid this Crash
Until Apple fixes the problem, try not to open any suspicious links sent to your iPhone. If you do click on the video by accident, hold down the power button and the home button at the same time to hard reset your phone.
Various online platforms has reached out to Apple for comment and we will update this post as soon as we hear from them.