Cell Phone Repair

iPhones, Watch Crash After Receiving Unicode SMS

A new bug is affecting iPhones receiving a particular message in special characters, with some in Arabic, Chinese or Latin. But don’t worry you will not have to run to the next Cell Phone Repair to get it fixed. Even though it seems quite scary – since your phone will get blocked – it is easy enough to get fixed. Identified by a Reddit user forum a couple months ago, the problem, which is related to the way iOS handles texts in Unicode, is triggered when Apple phones are trying to view a received SMS notification – when set to banner on the phone.

Why does it happen at all?

Apparently, there is a specific set of characters that the notification system iOS 8, including its variations, is unable to process. Upon receiving this message from another iPhone and …