A new text bomb crashes iOS and macOS devices. The string of text, which includes Italian flag emojis and characters in Sindhi, works through device notifications, text messages, social media posts and websites.
To avoid the text bomb, turn off device notifications and avoid social media until Apple sends a solution. Encountering the bug won't block your device, but it crashes the iOS Springboard or macOS Launchpad. In some cases, the problem will fix itself, but you may have to force restart your device to return to the home screen.
To force restart an iPhone or iPad, press and hold the volume and power buttons for ten seconds. On an Apple Watch, you have to press and hold the Power button and Digital Crown for ten seconds to reboot. And you already know how to shut down a Mac, right? Press and hold the power key.
The Craziest Crash Text Bug for iOS 💀 pic.twitter.com/29LJPb67WP
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Text bombs exploit a vulnerability in Apple & # 39; s Springboard and Launchpad – the software that manages apps on iOS and Mac devices. Emoji and Arabic-based characters, encoded with long strings of Unicode, may overwhelm Apple's launch software when bound together in unusual, intentionally exploitative modes.
According to MacRumors, phones on the latest iOS 13.4.5 beta are immune. Apple can push the beta update to regular users this week or write a quick patch to fix the current text bug.