Apple has posted a workaround for the recent unicode crash bug affecting iOS 8 devices.
Apple’s has published a support document detailing a workaround for the recently-discovered iOS 8 unicode crash bug. The issue causes Messages to crash or reboot when a specific Unicode string was received. Apple’s fix involves a three-step process that utilizes Siri.
- 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.
- In Messages, swipe left to delete the entire thread. Or tap and hold the malicious message, tap More, and delete the message from the thread.
Apple also notes that they will offer a software update with a fix. There are also a number of steps you can take to prevent crashes from your lock screen, on your Apple Watch, and from Notification Center.