iOS 8.4 beta 4 fixes iMessage crashing bug

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Evan likes to send malicious Unicode to co-workers.
Screen: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Apple seeded the fourth iOS 8.4 beta to developers yesterday, and while the company didn’t add any major new features, it appears that they’ve squashed iMessage’s biggest bug that caused iPhones and iPads to crash when they received a certain string of unicode characters.

Apple publishes official workaround for Messages bug

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Apple has offered a workaround for people who receive messages like this.
Screen: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Chances are you’ve heard about the iOS bug that lets users send a string of text to another iPhone owner that causes their Messages app to crash and their iPhone to reboot.

Although Apple has yet to fix the Messages bug with a software update, it has published an official support document containing a temporary workaround for solving the problem.

Apple confirms iMessage bug is crashing iPhones

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Evan likes to send malicious Unicode to co-workers.
Screen: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Apple has confirmed the existence of the “Unicode of Death” security exploit in iMessages.

“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,” an Apple rep said today in an e-mail to Reuters.

Unicode of Death got you down? Here’s how to fix it

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I didn't actually send someone the Unicode of Death. Don't believe anything Rob LeFebvre says.
Screen: Evan Killham/Cult of Mac

Some iPhone users are getting a flashback to 2013 as a new version of the so-called “Unicode of Death” has returned to wreak havoc with their iMessages.

The security exploit, which activates when someone sends you the message in the image above, reportedly forces jailbroken handsets into Safe Mode and completely removes other units’ ability to access the Messages app.