The latest iOS bug threatening iPhone owners sees a string of characters and symbols crash handsets when sent as an iMessage or SMS message.
Once the message, which MacRumors details in a recent post, reaches your iPhone, the smartphone will respring immediately. However, after the iPhone has been rebooted, reopening the Messages app (which will take you back to the messages thread involving the offending character string) will see your handset crash and reboot again, rendering users unable to access the Messages application without initiating the respring.
MacRumors adds, though, that there are a few possible fixes for the issue.
If the Messages app was opened to the conversation with the person who sent the offending message, the Messages app can be reopened to this conversation. Sending a reply message fixes the problem.
If Messages was opened to the conversation list view, the app will crash when you attempt to open it. You can fix this by having someone send you a message or by sending a message to yourself. There are several options for sending a message to yourself, including sending yourself a message via Siri or through the Share sheet in any app.
Sending yourself a message using Siri seems like the easiest option to me. Just say, “Send a message to myself,” and the virtual personal assistant will take care of the rest.
According to MacRumors, who cites this Twitter user, Apple is aware of this bug and is working to fix it. Hopefully it won’t be long until a solution reaches iOS through a software update, though in the meantime, one of the above fixes should help you out if you’re unlucky enough to encounter this problem.
Of course, you can edit the addresses at which you can receive iMessages from inside the iOS Settings app.
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