Every now and then, a bug comes around in string of text, which crases iPhone, iPad. This week, another such string of text is going viral.
The character string involves the Italian flag emoji along with characters in the Sindhi language, and it appears the system crash happens when an incoming notification is received with the problem-causing characters. Sometimes, your device crashes, while other times it completely stops responding to touch input, and much more.
Details of where this text string originated are somewhat unclear. Still, the original source seems to have been a Telegram group. It’s now going viral on Twitter and other social media platforms, though, so it’s worth being aware of it. It can spread through theoretically any application, including Twitter, Messages, and more.
Youtuber EverythingApplePro shows that you don’t necessarily even need the Italian flags, just the Sindhi characters.
These sorts of bugs have surfaced at various times over the last few years. For instance, back in 2015, the “effective power” text string went viral. Mostly, when you sent the string to another iPhone user, it would cause their Messages app, and sometimes iOS as a whole, to crash.
The issue does appear to be fixed in the latest iOS 13.4.5 beta. Still, that update is not available to everyone just yet. Generally, Apple rolls out a fix for these problems quickly, so we should expect iOS 13.4.2 released to everyone sooner
How can you prevent your ios devices?
If your ios device is jailbroken then install “CaptureTheFlag” tweak.
If your device is not jailbroken, then there is one temporary fix until Apple releases software updates to resolve the problem, which is to disable notifications on your devices.
But if you do receive a message with the text string in it, you can reboot your device, and things should be back to normal.
Here is a video of it in action: