Earlier this week, I posted something about a “black dot message” that will crash/freeze your WhatsApp or your Android phone if your curiosity pushes you to tap on the black dot on the WhatsApp message. Read the post here.
As of then, the message only affected Android users but now, it has been confirmed that iOS users are also receiving a “Black Dot message” on iMessage which is crashing the iMessage app.
The new Black Dot message is reportedly affecting the iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.3 and iOS 11.4 beta.
Like that of the Android, the message consists of a black dot along with a hand pointing towards it. The message appears to be quite harmless but it comprises a string of hidden characters. These characters tell the messaging app about how to read messages, be it right to left or left to right.
The thing with this message is that there are a lot of characters within the message and the processor inside your iPhone or iPad is not able to deal with it and as a result, it crashes the iMessage app.
In case you force to close the iMessage app and then again go back, then also then the app will be frozen. Presently, Apple has not released any fix for the issue.
Earlier this year, a Telugu language text bomb was also seen crashing iPhones globally. The Telugu language character sent as an iMessage or even if just inserted in a text field can make user’s iPhone unusable.
Apart from iPhones, the bug will also affect gadgets running on macOS, tvOS 11 and watchOS.
However, the Apple later acknowledged the Telugu language message issue and also released an update for iOS (iPhone and iPad) watchOS, tvOS, and macOS. The update released by Apple then didn’t bring with it any major changes but just a fix for the Telugu text bomb problem.