It is perhaps a measure of how deftly Apple PR handled the Jony Ive foot-out-the-door story that by Wednesday Apple’s share price had largely recovered and the tech press had moved on.
The new “bug” — if that’s what you want to call it — turned out to be a glitch in the process by which iOS banner notifications handles a particular string of Chinese, Marathi* and Arabic characters. By trying to insert ellipses in this odd bit of text, the banner creates a character that can’t be displayed and forces a restart.
I have three things to say:
- There’s a workaround. (Disable Notification banners for Messages.)
- Apple says it’s working on a permanent fix.
- Tomorrow there’ll be another story.
*Marathi is one of India’s 23 official languages and the world’s 20th most-spoken, according to Nationalencyklopedin, the Swedish language encyclopedia. I had to look it up.