Pranksters discover iPhone text glitch that shuts down your phone


MASHABLE: Using unicode, the message shuts down iPhones.

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MASHABLE: Using unicode, the message shuts down iPhones.

Users who receive a mysterious string of characters in a text are noticing their Messages app will consequently crash, and in some cases, the phone will automatically reboot, according to 9to5Mac. The issue was first posted to Reddit.

The text is partially in Arabic and includes unicode. It’s not so much about what the text says, but rather how Apple’s iOS handles the unicode sequence.

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