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Beware Of The Viral Video That Can Make Your iPhone Crash

Be suspicious of strange links and messages
by Tanya Umali | Nov 23, 2016
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Apple devices are know to be immune to certain viruses that threaten other gadgets, which is why some people choose to buy it over different brands. However, it's not totally resistant to harmful bugs that plague the digital realm. 

Apparently, there's a video circulating around that slows down or completely freezes your handset. The video lasts for around three to five seconds only and seems pretty harmless. After around 10 seconds of navigating your phone and opening different apps, you'll notice that your iPhone will start to slow down or freeze. 

Check out the video below to see what the glitch-causing clip looks like in action:

The problem only happens when the clip is sent as an iMessage link. It also affects iOS versions 5 to the most recent iOS 10. The crash isn't permanent though. In order to make your phone function normally again, all you have to do is hard reset your device by holding down the power button and down volume button at the same time. 


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However, reports say that it's not a virus but rather a problem on how iOS handles corrupt videos.

Last year, there was a similar bug that caused iPhones to experience the same problem, but it was a text message with special characters and not a video. When Apple heard about it, they immediately issued a system update.

As of writing, Apple has yet to find a solution for the bug. What you can do instead is try to be cautious when opening suspicious files in iMessage or other mesaging apps, just to be on the safe side.  

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