Apple scrambles to release fix for widespread iMessage glitch

Apple quickly releases update to fix widespread iPhone shutdown glitch.

Published Sat, May 30 2015 4:20 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:07 PM CST

It didn't take long for Apple to provide a temporary fix for a bug that allows users to crash an iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch via text message. The company was reportedly working on a fix anyway, but had to speed things up when users started sharing details about the problem on YouTube and social media outlets.

Apple scrambles to release fix for widespread iMessage glitch | TweakTown.com

The problem stemmed from the way Arabic text is rendered by an iOS device, and the device's RAM ends up full, forcing a restart.

iOS users can have Siri read unread messages, and have Siri respond to the malicious message. Once that is done, users can open Messages again. Once in messages, users must swipe left to delete the entire conversation thread - or tap, hold, and delete the malicious message.

NEWS SOURCES:cnbc.com, tweaktown.com

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