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New iOS 11 bug will crash your iPhone with one character

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Nina Mathis | 17 February, 2018, 01:21

Italian tech blog Mobile World first spotted the bug, which affects iPhones, iPads, Macs and other Apple devices.

Apple is working urgently to fix a bug in its latest software update that crashes applications that display a particular letter from the south Indian language Telugu.

The only possible solution that users can try is to ask a friend to send a message and then delete that thread with the bad character.

The character in question is " జ్ఞ‌ా", which, if sent to another user, will prevent that user from opening apps such as Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, Gmail, and Twitter. Skype and Telegram do not seem to be affected.




A character-based bug on iOS was discovered that can disable messaging apps, and also crash your device. "In this case, the entire Springboard will be blocked". However, reports have surfaced of late that suggest Apple is concerned about the number of issues affecting iOS. Over the period of time, the company did release several updates that handled several bugs and also contributed to enhancing device's performance.

Telugu is spoken by tens of millions of people around the world, with most of the people who speak it living in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Apple in the past has faced a lot of software issues and iOS crashing due to several links, videos, and characters. Even simply pasting the character in the text area causes the Messages app to crash.

Apple devices running iOS 11.2.5, as well as desktops running macOS, are susceptible to the bug. Also, it appears that iOS 11.3 beta hasn't been impacted by the Telugu character.

The Verge says there is a do-it-yourself fix that sometimes works. The bug seems to be fixed on the latest iOS 11.3 developer beta already, though it's affecting the latest, public version of iOS which is what the majority of iPhone users are now using.

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