‘Text Bomb’ With Italian Flag, Sindhi Characters Is Crashing iOS Devices


Character-based bugs are not new for Apple devices that have once again hit by a similar bug.

As reported by MacRumors, there is a new character-linked bug tied to an Italian flag emoji and a few Sindhi language characters that could crash various Apple devices when received in the form of a text message.

The character-linked bug could affect almost all Apple devices, including iPhones, MacBooks, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs. However, iOS devices seem to be facing issues right now.

According to a post on Reddit, the bug appeared via a text message on the instant messaging app Telegram initially but was soon being circulated via other apps such as Twitter, WhatsApp, and iMessage as well.

iOS character bug
Source: Twitter

EverythingApplePro posted a video on Twitter where it’s visible that the bug works even without the Italian flag and causes the system to malfunction.

If you receive a notification with the special characters, the chances are that your iPhone will crash and restart.

This isn’t the first time when a character bug has affected Apple products. Previously, we saw the notorious “Telugu bug” that caused devices to malfunction and crash in a similar fashion.

One of the major issues with character-based bugs is that there is no way to prevent the system from crashing from it until a patch is applied via a software update.

Apple is expected to release a software update with a fix for the character bug. Until then, we recommend our users to refrain from opening any notification having such characters.

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol Sachdeva

Anmol is a tech journalist who handles reportage of cybersecurity and Apple and OnePlus devices at Fossbytes. He's an ambivert who is striving hard to appease existential crisis by eating, writing, and scrolling through memes.
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