Recently, we passed word about a bug in iOS’s Messages app that crashes iPhones whenever an Arabic message is received. Apple has acknowledged the issue, and has offered a workaround to temporarily fix the issue, but has’t really explained how the bug works. Fortunately, a video explains how the “Effective Power Bug” crashes iPhones.
Here’s the video:
Here’s Apple’s workaround, if you haven’t come across it yet:
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.
- If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.
Apple is yet to roll out an update to fix the Effective Power Bug.
Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.