Apple offers temporary fix for iMessages bug; says software update coming soon

Shortly after Apple found a bug which causes iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received, the Cupertino company offered a temporary solution to fix this problem, for the time being.


Shortly after Apple found a bug which causes iPhones to crash when a message containing a specific string of text is received, the Cupertino company offered a temporary solution to fix this problem, for the time being. It was also reported that the same iPhone bug could crash the Apple Watch, iPads and Mac too.

Apple acknowledged the problem and has currently published an official support page with a few suggestions on how iPhone users can work around the issue, while announcing that users can expect a fix via a software update soon. First spotted by idownloadblog, the report states that the 'so-called Unicode of Death', which is also know as Effective Power, is an issue that stems from the way Unicode decodes characters, overloading the device’s memory which causes resprings and reboots.

According to the support page, Apple has listed down the below steps to re-open the Messages app.

1. Ask Siri to 'read unread messages.'

2. Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.

3. In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.

A report by MacRumors, pointed out an alternative fix to the problem. It stated that if Messages was opened in conversation list view, users can fix the issue by having someone send them a message or sending themselves a message via Siri or through the Share sheet in any app.


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