Apple, in a support document published not long ago, has offered a fix for the malicious iOS text bug which we first told you about a couple of days back.
The document, which is available to access now, notes that Cupertino “is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters,” and Apple adds that it will “make a fix available in a software update.” Until then, however, the company does offer a temporary solution similar to the one we told you about in our original article. As per our advice, Apple suggests that users call on Siri to help them out, and writes:
- 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.
- 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.
From here, users will be able to re-open and continue to use the iOS Messages app without their handset rebooting. Though it’s not an ideal solution, Apple indeed notes that a software update will fix this issue permanently in the near future; here’s hoping we see it ahead of WWDC, which is scheduled for June 8.
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