Wednesday, November 23, 2016
There a seemingly unsuspecting video circulating around the web that can slow down iPhone to a crawl and require a hard reset to get back to working order.
If you've been around for a while you'll probably remember the day when you could crash Nokia phones nearby by simply setting your cell phone name to something with some special characters and enable bluetooth so it could be publicly seen. And, in my personal case, a simple photo that bricked an iPhone back in the iPhone 3GS days.
Fortunately, this time the damage is not permanent, merely slowing the iPhone to a grinding halt and forcing user to force the reboot of their iPhones. You can do that by pressing the power + home button for about ten seconds until you see Apple logo show up on screen; or, in the case of the iPhone 7 without a physical home button, pressing power button + volume down button.
The video in question seems to mess up the iOS video decoding system, and it affects devices running the latest iOS 10.2 beta 3 as well as going as far back as iOS 5 (and probably even older devices). So, keep that in mind should some of your prankster friends send you a video to watch in the upcoming days/weeks.