Unicode bug found to crash iOS Messages app on iPhones and iPads

'Black dot' bug is the latest Unicode text handling flaw to crash iPhone and iPads, works on iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4

A new black-dot-of-death bug is disabling messages on iPhones but luckily there are a few fixes. Then you can go back to the main messages screen and then delete the message containing the Unicode character.

Specifically, the offending emoji string consists of a "medium black circle" between a less than and greater than symbol, and a leftward pointing finger (officially known as "backhand index finger pointing left" in the emoji dictionary).

The simple emoji string contains thousands of hidden invisible Unicode characters, and causes the Messages app to freeze and crash as it overloads the applications memory. If a message containing it is sent through iMessage, the user will experience repeated crashes when they try to read it. Users may try to close the iMessage app, but it will again crash once it is accessed and the black dot message is displayed again.

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Even quitting the app and restarting it doesn't provide a fix. It is also expected that the bug could affect devices running macOS, watchOS, and tvOS in addition to some iOS devices.

A new Unicode text bug is being spread around today, popularised by a video by EverythingApplePro. The Telugu language character sent as an iMessage or even if just inserted in a text field can make user's iPhone unusable. While there aren't many details in regards to its implementation in the conventional WhatsApp app for Android, it has been reported that the Chat Filter option will be exclusive to WhatsApp Business. The problem is extremely crucial given the idea that any message with more than two emoticons or emojis could get your device to crashing down in the meanwhile, be it your Iphone or Ipad either of the two being operated on an iOS 11. Additionally, you can also delete the conversation from a different device that is synced to the same iCloud account.

Mail Online has reached out to Apple for comment.

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