A messaging bug that crashes Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) devices like iPhones, is also affecting third-party apps like Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp. Apple is in the process of fixing the bug that repeatedly causes the device to crash or reboot.
A Reddit user noticed the bug where an iMessage composed of Arabic characters and symbols causes the iPhone to crash. If an iMessage is received, the iPhone goes into reboot instantly or the app can crash. In some cases where the messages app is in list view when the device reboots, accessing the messages app will again cause the iPhone to crash and reboot. However, the bug does not affect all versions of iPhones and iOS, but the instances of the bug are rising by the day as the message is sent as a prank.
“We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of Unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update,” said an Apple spokesperson.
According to MacRumors, the bug is also affecting third-party apps like Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp. If a direct message or tweet is sent with the characters and of the notifications are turned on an iPhone the device can crash. Similarly, a text message sent to an iPhone user via Snapchat will crash the iPhone. Apple has posted a temporary solution for the bug while it is working on the update.
However, CNET reports that the string of characters will not always cause the device to crash, and viewing the iMessage in a conversation string will save the device from a crash. For third-party apps, the device will not crash if notifications are turned off for third-party apps like Twitter and Snapchat. The reports of the bug affecting third-party apps has made Apple to give more urgency in fixing the bug.[ Via ]