Turns and moves, someone discovers a specific character string which, when sent by apps like Messages or Mail, completely locks the device (be it iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple Watch). Today, yet another such discovery has been made.
In the newest case, this sequence involves emojis of the Italian flag with characters in the Sindhi language (Indo-Aryan language spoken by an ethnic group originally from Sind, in Pakistan).
The sequence was shared on Reddit [não colocaremos o link aqui por motivos óbvios] and, shortly after, started to circulate on Telegram and Twitter, as reported by MacRumors.
The annoying part is that there is no way to stop these characters from locking your device (if you receive the string) – in some cases, users are even required to restore the device through Recovery Mode. ?
In order not to take any risks, the only tip is to disable Messaging and Mail notifications to avoid this unexpected crash until Apple fixes everything as quickly as possible – maybe iOS / iPadOS 13.4.2 will not be released soon to fix it. this and another important Mail bug, which we reported yesterday.
Update Apr 23, 2020 at 22:05
Apparently, Sindhi characters are enough for the problem to happen – without the need for Italian flag emojis, as we can see in the video below:
The good news is that, according to a reader from MacRumors, the problem has already been resolved in the second beta of iOS / iPadOS 13.4.5.