A single text can crash your iPhone and this knowledge has blown up over the internet. This newly discovered bug means that if anyone texts you “effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗” it will reboot your phone, even if you don’t have iMessage open.
The highly specific string of characters, using both Unicode and Arabic, has become quite the running joke on social platforms like twitter. Users are sending it to friends and family for the purpose of mild annoyance, as the bug hasn’t yet been proved to cause any long-term effects. The reboot has reportedly worked over text message as well, meaning that the bug isn’t limited to just the iMessage app.
An Apple spokesperson made a statement regarding the issue, saying “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.” Until then, here’s a easy way to protect your iPhone from this irritating electronic prank – courtesy of TechRadar. First go into your phones settings, then go into ‘Notifications’, from there tap ‘Messages’ and then switch off the slider called ‘show on local screen’ and under ‘alert style when unlocked’ choose ‘none’. This will allow you to keep receiving messages but will stop the ‘effective. Power’ text from automatically crashing your phone.
So what do you think about the bug, is it an immature nuisance or a harmless way to mess with your friends? Have you sent it to anyone or had it sent to you? We’d love to know. Hopefully the patch will come soon and this will quickly be forgotten but for now it seems like iPhone users are having too much fun shutting down their friend’s phones, so if you know someone who might do this – prepare yourself.