Apple iPhone Bug Can Also Affect Twitter And Snapchat
The devastating text message causing the iPhone to crash has now spread its effects to Snapchat and Twitter as well. The text containing a mixture of Arabic, Marathi and Chinese characters had been causing the messages app to crash and a reboot of the iPhone lately. Although the company had recommended fixes for the bug, the effects of the malicious message have paved their way through the Twitter and Snapchat iOS apps.
The text message causes the messaging app to crash repeatedly along with the reboot of the iPhone, after being opened to any conversation except the one which bore the destructive message. The crash is experienced even if one is viewing all the messages in the list form. The message cannot be cleared and the user will experience the iPhone to crash when he/she opens the chat history with the sender of the message. However, the user can send and receive messages to and from other contacts through the Messages app.
Some Fixes Recommended By Apple
Some fixes recommended by Apple include using Siri to send a “Fix” message to one’s iPhone. The second method is to ask Siri to read the unread messages, after which the user can send any reply to the malicious message. The Messages app then opens the chat and the user can delete the entire history or that particular message. Another recovery method is using the Notes app to share a message with oneself.
In order to gain access to the message history and delete the message without using Siri, users can use the Photos app and send a picture to the contact that had sent the message. The “booby-trapped” message can also cause the same effect on the phone if it is sent through Snapchat texts. An attempt by the user to read the message will cause a reboot or a phone crash.
The message also contains the English words – “effective power” along with the Arabic, Marathi and Chinese characters. The message can be sent by anyone as a prank, but it usually causes the disturbing effects when sent from iPhone to iPhone. Thus, it is recommended to turn off the notifications on the iPhone for these apps till the company officially fixes the bug. The message is not only affecting the Smartphone, but all apple devices including the iMac, iPad and the Apple Watch.
Apple has announced that it will resolve the matter with a bug fix in its next update. Until then, the few recommended fixes mentioned earlier can be implemented to prevent the repeated crashes of the Messages app and the iPhone itself.