Sounds unbelievable, but it’s true! There is a new bug in Apple’s iOS making the rounds these past few days, and it involves a line of Arabic characters that when sent via a text message and opened, can instantly crash your iPhone and cause it to reboot.
Sharing with you this video I found showing the crash in action:
The said bug, originally discovered by several Reddit users, appears to be caused by a glitch in the way Apple’s iOS renders Arabic text. The text message is very specific and is pretty impossible to be replicated by accident.
You can protect your iPhone from the attack though by disabling your message notification banners. To do that, simply go to your phone’s Settings > Notifications > Messages and then choose “None” under Alert Style. It’s also recommended to turn off your Show Previews.
In case you have already been affected by this glitch, Forbes has a suggestion on how you can re-open your messages: It’s either “have the person who pranked you send another message,” or “send yourself a message through Siri or your Mac.”
Apple is already aware of the bug and is currently working on a patch. “We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.
For additional info about the issue, you can read this. Take extra care, friends!