PETALING JAYA: A malicious video spreading on the Internet will crash any model of Apple iPhone or iPad.
The phones are falling victim to a type of crash bug that renders the smartphones unusable after watching a short video, the Straits Times reported.
Playing the video causes iPhones to slow down and eventually grind to a halt. And it doesn’t seem to matter which version of the iPhone people use.
A video showing the effects of the bug on various iPhone models has been uploaded to YouTube.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the video from the Sina Weibo-backed video-sharing app Miaopai plays normally in the iPhone’s video player, but once the video is finished, it can take up to a minute for the iPhone to lock up, requiring a forced reboot to recover it, according to a report in the Guardian.
Most people are unaware anything has happened, continuing to use their smartphone until it either won’t turn back on or locks up in an app, the home screen or with a spinning loading logo on a black screen.
According to the Guardian, the bug, which appears to involve the media handling functions of iOS, affects versions of the operating system as far back as iOS 5 and devices from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 7. The older the smartphone, the faster the lockup occurs.
However, the lockup is not permanent, but requires a soft reset or forced reboot to recover the functionality of the iPhone.
On an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus users will need to hold down the power and down volume buttons until they see the Apple logo. On the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus or older Apple smartphones, users need to hold down the power and home buttons until they see the Apple logo, said the Guardian.
Once the iPhones reboot, everything appears to function as normal.
According to the Next Web, the bug is most likely sparked because the video is a corrupt file which starts a memory leak chain when it is opened in Apple’s Safari web browser.
Apple’s iOS operating system then fails to handle the problem as it multiplies, rapidly slowing the device down to a stop.
The iPhone-freezing video, discovered is a short .mp4 clip of someone standing by a bed with the words ‘Honey’ written across the screen.
The Daily Mail reported Android users have reported watching the video without any difficulties.