Apple has officially revealed a temporary fix for a recently found iOS bug that plagued many iPhones and iPads.
The iOS bug is disguised in a message that contained symbols and Arabic characters. When a user tried to open the message send via text or iMessages, it results in the device to crash and reboot unexpectedly.
The bug was originally reported by a Reddit user and soon many people reported that their handsets were also affected with the iOS bug. Many users also came with explanation of how the bug crashes a device and how to get rid of the bug.
"It's a bug within the Notification System. After a few trials, I found that the phone only resets when the message is received as a drop down notification or in the lock screen," says a Reddit user. "If the user is viewing their conversations list or is viewing the conversation with the individual who is sending it the phone will not reset."
Apple made an official announcement on its support page and confirmed that it is aware of the iMessage problem, which is initiated by a particular series of Unicode characters. Apple also revealed that it is working on a fix that will be available in the next software update. However, till a software update is released, Apple is asking affected customers to take temporary measures to fix the issue.
"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," per Apple. "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."
Apart from Apple's official temporary fix, a previous report also suggested that if Messages has crashed then sending an image from Photo, sending a message to yourself or receiving a new message fixes the issue.
Apple has not revealed the next software update. iDevice owners affected with the bug will hope that Apple releases a software update soon to permanently get rid of the issue.
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