Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

IOS Telugu character bug fix coming in minor update, Apple says

IOS Telugu character bug fix coming in minor update, Apple says

Just like the infamous "ChaiOS" bug that caused iMessage to crash with a single link, this lone Indian Telugu language character is affecting a number of iPhones running iOS 11.2.5. You can ask a friend to send you another message and try to delete the thread containing the troublesome character.

iPhone owners, brace yourself for yet another bug that pranksters and other ne'er-do-wells can use to crash your iPhone and block access to messaging apps like iMessage and even third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Gmail.

Some apps like Telegram and Skype have not been affected by the latest bug. One single character, from the Telugu language spoken in India, cannot only crash your iPhone, but also your computer and your Apple Watch. The situation gets worse if someone sends you the symbol and iOS tries to show it in a notification: in this case, the entire Springboard (ie the system software that manages the Home) will be blocked.

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At the very least, receiving the character will crash whatever messaging app sees the character, forcing you to force-close the app.

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.

Until Apple releases an iOS 11 update, it is advisable not to open any message received with the symbol and delete the message.

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These features were expected in the already released iOS 11 update but were reportedly delayed because Apple wanted to upgrade its own process of developing apps and the way they are introduced to the world. The Italian blog added that the Telugu character bug also affects other Apple operating systems including macOS and watchOS.

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.

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Whereas a Forbes report has stated that upon restarting the devices, users will be unable to open the Messages app, something which obviously has the potential for serious consequences.

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