Pranksters use emoji rainbow to crash iPhones

The bug was discovered by YouTuber "EverythingApplePro" and all devices running the iOS 10 are susceptible to it.

However, it can all be easily fixed. The prank exploits a bug in iOS whereby sending a specific three-character message causes the recipient's phone to immediately freeze up.

The first bug, in which a string of three characters is sent to the device, can be dealt with simply by upgrading to the latest version of iOS.

However, the actual sending of the message isn't completely hassle-free, as the same string can also freeze the sender's phone.

The second consists of a string of characters, embedded in a contacts file, which can be shared as part of an iCloud drive or through an iMessage contact. In November, a video surfaced that would cause Apple smartphones to slow down and eventually stop working for a few minutes when played in Safari. Here's how it works: if you type a white flag emoji, a 0 and a rainbow emoji, iOS 10 will try to combine them into a rainbow flag and get confused.

Pranksters are using a series of text, flag and rainbow emojis to crash iPhones and iPads. What VS16 does in this case essentially is tells the device to combine the two surrounding characters into one emoji, yielding the rainbow flag (this is similar to how skin tone modifiers work, but not exactly the same). What I " m assuming is happening is that the phone tries to combine the waving white flag and the zero into an emoji, but this obviously can't be done". According to The Guardian, victims will need to delete the entire iMessage conversation with their (now presumably former) friend if they want to avoid their phone or tablet crashing each time they open the message window.

Once again, another Apple Inc.

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