Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Apple promises fix for serious Telugu character bug

Apple promises fix for serious Telugu character bug

As reported by Italian website Mobile World, receiving the Telugu character in messages, or having it displayed in an app, can crash the iOS Springboard. Once that message is received, Apple's iOS Springboard-an application that manages the iOS home screen-will crash and the Messages app will no longer open.

The bug also affected macOS versions of Safari and Messages, but Apple's public beta version of iOS 11.3 is unaffected, the Verge reported. It does the same to third-party apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Gmail as well. The app on which you received the message becomes frozen and inaccessible as the app tries and fails to load the character. Apple has frequently cited security and other under-the-hood improvements as reasons for customers to keep their devices up to date with the latest OS releases; continued compatibility with popular apps can also increase updates.

The character is from the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country's population.

Responding to iMore, Apple has said that a bug fix is coming in a minor update that will be rolled out ahead of iOS 11.3.

The only way to stop the device from crashing is to get someone else to message you and then delete the conversation which contains the symbol.

Phones not updated to 11.2.5 will not be affected by the bug.

In some situations, if the character is viewed through an iOS notification, it can cause the entire device to crash.

The most recent bug in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra allows one to send a specific character to crash the devices. "It seems, however, that the beta of iOS 11.3 is already immune, which is a good signal".

The Telugu bug is the latest in a series of recent software problems for Apple. Apple apologized for not being more transparent about how it handled performance issues with older phones.

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