Even though Apple can sometimes mess up iOS updates pretty good, the updates that fix these issues are important. So much so, that you really should install them the day they come out. However, most people probably aren’t scanning the web, nor their Settings app, to see when a new iOS update is available.
However, if you’re the kind of person who keeps tabs on this sort of thing — or you have an Apple-obsessed friend — here’s a fun little trick you can use to encourage everyone else to go grab the important update. And, no, it’s not iOS-specific; if you and your friends’ loyalties lie with Android, it works there, too.
All you have to do is remember that this Unicode character exists: ▯. Copy that, and paste it into some group message you’re in with your friends. I recommend trying some creative social engineering, like this:
I just tricked multiple group-chats in to installing the iOS security patch with the ▯ ▯ ▯ Unicode character. pic.twitter.com/hswtqQEj9c
— Scott Sullivan (@scotsullivan) February 14, 2019
While your friends might find it annoying that the iOS update doesn’t actually take 10 seconds to download and install after all, and they’ll probably catch on to this trick after a few messages, that’s fine. You will have done your part to keep their smartphones secure and updated, and that’s something worth feeling good about. Right?