iPhone Users Beware: The Text That Will Shut Down Your Phone

by
Julie Chung
A peculiar bug has surfaced around iOS and messages for iPhone users, that allows this one, specific text message to shut down your phone when you receive it.

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Here's how it works: when you copy the whole, exact text message above and send it to an iPhone user, the receiver's phone will automatically shut down and restart. Some users have reported that they were not able to access their messages until the initial sender sent another text message to release this strange lock.

This is not the first time Apple has dealt with a bug. Most bugs in the past have been fixed as soon as it came to the company's attention, so this messaging bug should be no issue.

Since it is such a specific text that no one would accidentally send to someone, there really is no threat to this bug unless someone decides to use it for spiteful intentions.

Many iPhone users have found this rather amusing; some use it as a practical joke:

 

While others take the issue much more seriously:

 

"We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," reported an Apple spokesman for The Guardian.

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