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One message is enough to restart your iPhone, although luckily there is already a solution



One message is enough to restart your iPhone, although luckily there is already a solution


A bug in the iMessage application was able to block any iPhone by sending a simple message

A few days ago, a surprising as well as dangerous bug was discovered in the Apple Messages application. Basically, it allowed anyone who sent a message with certain characters via iMessage or SMS to restart the receiver’s iPhone. Apparently, the bug requires entering a series of specific symbols in Arabic and was first reported by a Reddit user.

By sending this message to our contact, it immediately causes the device to restart, but it does not end there. If the user was in the Messages conversation list when it was received, when you reopen the application it will close immediately. If you were in the conversation itself instead, the application will open, but trying to go to another conversation will cause it to close unexpectedly.

The problem appears to affect, at a minimum, to all versions of iOS 8 existing so far, although it is not ruled out that it can also do it to previous generations of Apple software. The potential danger of this bug is that, far from looking silly, its solution is very precise and requires following a series of steps that cannot be discovered by mere intuition.

The official solution suggested by Apple Through an official document that the company has published a few hours ago is the following:

  1. Ask Siri to “read the unread messages.”
  2. Use Siri to reply to the message containing the bug. After answering it, you can reopen the Messages app again.
  3. In Messages, swipe left on the conversation to delete it completely. You can also press and hold on the message to remove it from the conversation.

Apple will release a software update shortly to fix the bug

Beyond offering this strange solution, Apple has indicated that they are aware of the problem and that will release a software update shortly to fix it. Before the publication of the document by the company, some users had already proposed several solutions to the problem, including the use of Siri.

As we read in MacRumors, this is undoubtedly a most strange problem, since we do not know how such a strange and precise line of code could have been discovered that it could lead to the reboot of the device and the disablement of the messages application.