Mac and iOS bug crashes apps with a single character

From Engadget - February 15, 2018

The character, when received or even pasted into iMessage, will at least crash the app if not the entire iOS SpringBoard (the core software that runs the iOS home screen). Other communication apps react the same way, including WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and Outlook. Telegram and Skype are immune, it seems. Apparently, watchOS apps do not fare any better, while the character will also crash Mac software such as Note, Safari and the App Store, according to Mobile World.

The bug is particularly frustrating for iPhone users, because once the character has been received by iMessage, Facebook Messenger et al, that app will continue to crash every time you try to load it up again, effectively shutting you out. Your only hope is to find a way to delete the message or email from another device to free your iPhone from its cycle of trying and failing to load the character. For example, The Verge recommends getting someone to send you an SMS so you can get back into iMessage through that notification and delete the thread containing the bad character from your conversations list. Similarly, you could try logging into Gmail from a computer to delete the offending email.


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