Apple iOS affected by 'black dot' bug; Here's how you fix it

Angelica Greene
May 11, 2018

The bug has an effect on both iOS 11.3 as well as iOS 11.4 and Apple has yet to devise a fix. Having said that, we weren't able to replicate the bug at any of our iOS devices.

When you head over to the search screen looking for a message, there will be three options as mentioned above and when you choose them, your message will be searched only in the particular category, making it easier to find.

It seems like the sheer number of invisible characters just causes the text processing engine to spin near indefinitely on processing the string, which then ultimately locks up the wider OS and apps.

"The CPU actually goes to 100%, so your phone gets really hot", EverythingApplePro says in the video.

Different plain symbols are usually hidden within the message and the tapping of Whatsapp black dot message results in the hanging of App and OS. You then have to close and relaunch WhatsApp. The black dot bug is malfunctioning iPhone X along with iPhone 8 and 7 series as well and might also work in the previous models.

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So before you go to settings and remove it remember you'll never see those messages and amusing photos and memes again. However, while the WhatsApp message is relatively harmless, the black dot wreaking havoc on iPhones and iPads is a bit more challenging to deal with.

If you don't have 3D Touch another recommendation is to simply ask Siri to start a new conversation, that performs the same action and should give you access to your messages again.

It is being spread by messages sent via the popular app and comes in two varieties.

The device that the Unicode string is present on can not render it properly which leads to system crashes. You can then backtrack to the main Messages list and delete the conversation thread that contains the "Black dot" emoji.

Hackers are forwarding a "text bomb" message which looks innocent at first but could have serious consequences.

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