We won't share the offending text here. But it's easily found.
So what's the fix?
According to Apple, if you encounter this unfriendly text message and your iPhone has gone bonkers, here's the fix:
- Ask Siri to "read unread messages."
- Use Siri to reply to the malicious message. After you reply, you'll be able to open Messages again.
- If the issue continues, tap and hold the malicious message, tap More and delete the message from the thread.
Apple also says that there will be a more permanent solution in a future update. Yay.
So why does this text have such magical properties to be able to reset an iPhone? The answer is a bit complicated but it relates to the numerical coding behind each text letter. Some foreign text, in a specific string, can cause SpringBoard, the application that handles the main iPhone screen, to reset.
Fortunately, this text message error only results in a minor annoyance. But Apple and other smartphone makes should expand their efforts to ensure that their devices and operating systems are not vulnerable to these errors and much worse attacks.