There's a new bug that can freeze your iPhone with a single link. The bug discovered in iOS crashes your Messages app and can freeze your phone by sending you a specially-engineered website link. The bug exploits the fact that Messages preloads links to webpages so it can show you a preview. A specially-engineered link called "chaiOS" crashes the app because its metadata is stuffed with hundreds of thousand of unnecessary characters, and sometimes it takes down the phone's entire operating system. If the bug is currently stopping you from opening Messages, you might be able to fix it by going to your Safari settings and blocking the domain of the site hosting the bug. You could always reset your iPhone to factory settings, or just wait for a patch. Apple is expected to come out with one soon.
This is the latest in a series of problems for Apple’s signature device. Another current issue is Facebook Messenger allowing people to type a few words at a time.