Starting with iOS 8.4, the infamous message crashing bug is no more. As promised by Apple, the latest version of iOS – which is currently on its fourth beta version – fixes the issue. That was first spotted by Italian site HDBlog.
The bug, which first came to light in late May, is deviously simple. Any time a user receives an iMessage or SMS with a specific set of letters and Unicode characters, their iPhone will automatically crash. It was also found to affect other third-party apps like the official Twitter app and WhatsApp.
If the person attempted to reopen Messages after the restart, it would again show the same message and cause another crash.
A few days later, Apple published an official support document that offered a fix to the issue. It involved using Siri to read the offending message and reply to it. After that, it should be possible to open the Messages app and delete the entire thread.
During the WWDC keynote earlier this week, Apple confirmed that iOS 8.4 will officially arrive to the public later this month on Tuesday, June 30.
Along with a revamped Music app, the software is highlighted by the new Apple Music service. It will cost users $9.99 per month or $14.99 for a monthly family plan for up to six different users. There will be a free, three-month trial.
While you’ll need a subscription to access the streaming music catalog, Beats 1 Radio and the Connect feature with artists will be free.
For other news today, see: With iOS 9, developers can cut support for older processors, Apple confirms minivans are taking street-level pictures, and Spotify doesn’t believe in Apple’s ‘all paid’ music plan.