Watch Out For The 5 Second Video That’s Crashing iPhones

Apple Inc.’s iOS software is under scrutiny yet again for a newly discovered bug that is crashing iPhones within seconds through corrupted video files.


iOS is proving to be more trouble than it’s worth. In addition to the software guzzling up battery life and causing some apps to malfunction, there is now a new bug that can crash your entire iPhone within seconds.

According to Uproxx, the bug is sent in the form of a corrupted MP4 video file through text message. When an iPhone user opens the file with the default video player, it causes an endless loop that unleashes an attack on the phone.

As with most hacks, once you’ve opened it you cannot get out of it unless you hold the power and home buttons at the same time, triggering a hard reset.

According to The Verge, Reddit users discovered the bug on Monday. The Verge staff created a video demonstration of the bug showing exactly how it affects your phone.

Apple has yet to respond to the newly discovered bug, but unfortunately, this doesn’t look good for them as it isn’t the first iOS glitch to cause such issues.

Earlier this year, a software issue caused Safari to randomly crash on phones and there was a scary incident back in April when a bug found in 1OS 9.3 had the capability to leak users’ photos and contacts.

It’s clear that Apple’s got some work to do, but in the meantime, iPhone users beware.

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