iOS 10 bug lets you freeze any iPhone with 3 taps

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Watch out for this bug.
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A newly discovered bug in iOS 10 is wreaking havoc on iPhone owners by making Control Center more unstable than ever.

With just three taps, the bug allows anyone to crash an iPhone in seconds. Once the trick is executed, the only way to unfreeze an affected iPhone is with a hard reboot.

Here’s how to do the dirty:

To freeze an iPhone, swipe up from the bottom to bring up Control Center. From there simply tap on three of the control rows simultaneously. The iPhone will then freeze and either do an automatic reset or wait for you to do one.

The bug is pretty hard to trigger accidentally. Even if you’re intentionally trying to do it you may not be successful. My fat fingers couldn’t trip three buttons at once, but if you have tiny Donald Trump-size fingers, it should be no problem.

Some people who have fooled around with the bug claim it works on any iPhone running iOS 10.3.1 and above. We haven’t had a chance to test it yet on iPads but assume it should freeze those devices too.