• Official Apple Support Document Outlines What to Do If Struck By the Unicode iMessage Bug



    It was recently discovered that a string of unicode characters could be sent to an iPhone via iMessage that could cause an instant crashing effect for the iPhone and/or the Messages application. The unicode message contains some Hebrew characters, as well as others, and creates a very unpleasant experience for the user when it is received.

    Just yesterday, an Apple spokesperson stated that Apple was aware of the issue and was working on a fix that would be released in a future software update. Unfortunately, there is no indication of when said software update may arrive.

    In the mean time, Apple has published an official support document online explaining what a user should do if they are struck by the bug:

    If Messages quits unexpectedly after you get a text with a specific string of characters

    Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update. Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app.

    • Ask Siri to "read unread messages."
    • Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.
    • 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.

    Last Modified: May 28, 2015
    The fix Apple suggests is much like many of the home-brew fixes that many have suggested over the course of the last 24 hours. Notably, it is a temporary fix and won't fix the problem permanently.

    It involves using Siri to send a message to the person who sent the offending message, which will allow you to open the Messages application once again. You can then delete the entire thread, individual message, or if you need to take it a step further, block the person that is sending the junk to you.

    Have you been targeted by the troublesome unicode iMessage bug yet?

    Sources: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Official Apple Support Document Outlines What to Do if Struck By the Unicode Bug started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
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      law111 -
      Nope.
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