Apple has still to release a software update to fix the SMS text crash bug that came to light last week, one week after promising it was working on an update for the issue.
The text bug first hit the headlines last week when it was reported that a certain message could cause iPhones to crash and reset themselves. Apple acknowledged the issue at the time, and promised a fix would be issued.
"Apple is aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update," it said at the time.
V3 contacted Apple for information on when this update may arrive but had not received any reply at the time of publication.
Apple did issue advice to users last week for a workaround to the problem before the update arrives: "Until the update is available, you can use these steps to re-open the Messages app," explained the firm in a post on its support pages.
The support information said users should ask Siri to read their unread messages, and use the voice assistant to reply to the malicious text string. Apple said that once this is done "you'll be able to open messages again".
A final stage should clear the problem. "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," the post said.
Reports of the text bug started on Reddit and Twitter last week where people described the attack and its impact on Apple devices. These include crashing the device or locking the user out of the messaging application.
Apple is set to unveil the next update to its iOS platform, iOS 9, in the next few weeks at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference, which is likely to include an update to the Maps software, improvements to Siri and Force Torch.
Meanwhile a similar bug that crashes Skype has come to light, which relies on nothing more than an eight character code that causes the application to crash and re-crash, rendering its almost unusuable.
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