There's Another iOS bug Crashing iPhones, iMessage and Other Apps

Joshua Bennett
February 17, 2018

A newly discovered bug in the current version of Apple's iOS 11 operating system can disable iPhone messaging and email applications and send smartphones into an endless reboot loop, if a user receives a text with a specific Indian-language character. You can regain access to your Messages app by having another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the Telugu character. Through their own testing, The Verge discovered other apps are also affected by this bug including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Outlook and Gmail. However, Telegram and Skype seem to process it properly without crashing.

'In this case, the entire Springboard will be blocked.

'If the character is displayed within an application, the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it. The bug can also be reproduced on macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), along with the new versions of tvOS and watchOS. This means that the bug is not limited to iOS Messages app. The bug instigates crashes on iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Watch OS devices that display text containing the symbol on their screens.

The character comes from the Telugu language, which is spoken by some 70 million people in India.

According to Axios, Apple is transforming its original software plans for this year to focus on addressing the performance and quality issues many users have been complaining about. After this, you should be able to get back in there and delete the spooky Telugu character. Share your thoughts on the new character bug causing iMessage and other apps to crash in the comments.

To help address the situation, Apple says its already working on a patch that will fix the bug, which should arrive in the form of an intermediary update before iOS 11.3 (which is now in beta) gets officially released. 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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