A new, strong iOS bug has the potential to disable your wi-fi for good unless you end up factory resetting your device. When triggered, the bug completely disables the wi-fi and Airdrop functionalities.
Initially discovered in June, a stronger version of the bug has now resurfaced, causing much more damage to devices. The original bug was triggered once a user tried to attach to Wi-Fi networks with the ‘%’ symbol in them off. This is often because, in some programming languages, the text that follows the half symbol is treated as a command rather than just plain text. Thankfully, simply resetting the network settings fixed the first bug, but matters are much worse with this one.
Although it’s not possible that all iPhones are vulnerable to the bug, Apple has still not made an official announcement stating which devices are more likely to be affected by the problem.
As reported by numerous tech portals, the severe variant gets triggered when iPhone comes within the range of a Wi-Fi network named ‘%secretclub%power’. Users don’t even need to connect their iPhone to the present access point, which makes it a lot worse than the first bug. Once triggered, the Wi-Fi on the iPhone gets disabled. Resetting the phone’s network settings doesn’t help, either. A hard factory reset of the iPhone is the only thing that can solve this problem.