Effective power text message iPhone bug: Apple issues temporary workaround

Effective power text message iPhone bug: Apple issues temporary workaround

Effective power text message iPhone bug: Apple issues temporary workaround 

A text message containing ‘effective power’ with some foreign languages symbols and words may be enough to shut down your glittering iPhone. All the versions of the smartphone from Cupertino based tech giant Apple, including its most recent iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seem to be affected by the unexplained glitch.

Reports claim that the smartphone shuts down as soon as it tries to display the dubious effective power text message in notifications.

Any Tom, Dick and Harry can shut down your pricey iPhone with this simple text message and the vague signs that include Chinese and Arabic words.

iphone 5S case from AppleReports suggest that this iOS bug was first found by a Reddit user who claimed that a simple text message caused his iPhone to crash. He wondered as to how this can be possible. But then many more Reddit users complained of the issue and since then it has gone viral.

A report in The Guardian claims that the text message problem arises from the way the iPhone tries to display the message in notifications. It goes on to explain as to how the non-English symbols cause the iPhone app and even the gadget to crash while attempting to show the message. This forces the handset to reboot in order to fix the issue.

In the meantime another report by leading technology blog Tech Radar claims that many iPhone users faced reboot when they got the text through SMS, showing that the issue is not exclusive to iMessage.

On the other hand another report claims that the issue is not limited to iPhone-to-iPhone messaging. The report goes on to add that in many cases iPhone reportedly crashed upon receiving the message sent from an Android phone.

In the meantime Apple said that it is aware of the problem and working on a fix in a software update.

Though many experts have said that you cannot stop the sms from crashing your handset, AppleByte talks of some fixes. “Open Notes app and create a new note with any text. Tap Share button and send it to the affected party. After the affected party receives it, relaunch Message, delete the conversation and the problem should be resolved”, says a report in AppleByte.

In the meantime, Apple posted a set of instructions to solve the bug for time being. Mind you, it is not permanent fix and it will take sometime before it is out.

Apple says that if Messages crashes after receiving the message, you need to take the following action:

1. To reopen the application first involves you asking Siri to “read unread messages.”

2. Using Siri, reply to the malicious message — it does not matter what you say, as long as you respond.

3. Once you have replied you will be able to reopen Messages.

4. When you are back in the application, swipe left to delete the full thread — or tap, hold the problematic message, tap More and delete the message from the thread to resolve the problem.

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