Apple to fix Telugu script bug that is causing iPhones to crash

Yet another critical iOS 11 bug can easily cause crashes of numerous messaging apps

The unsafe character is reportedly capable of crashing Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Outlook. Spotted by Mobile World and The Verge, it involves receiving an Indian language character.

If you're a prankster at heart, don't send this to people.

This means, if you receive a message, a notification, or an app that includes the character, the app will likely crash on your device, reports The Verge. The problem also happens with third-party apps that use text fields, like Gmail. You basically need to ask a friend to send another text message, and then delete the original thread containing the buggy characters.

"In this case, the entire Springboard will be blocked". Moreover, users are warned against forcing their gadget to reboot as it will go into a bootloop and can cause serious problems. For now, there are no specific answers because Apple hasn;t explained.

The character being talked about here belongs to the Indian language Telugu.

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Mobile World published an image of the Telugu character that causes the iOS issues (but not the character itself).

On an iPhone, the issue is a pain as once you receive a message wth the character, you can not get back into Messages until someone sends you a new message and you open it from the notification.

Engineers at software maker Aloha Browser warned about the bug earlier this week. The character interestingly doesn't crash all apps, however. But in seems this doesn't always work.

An Apple spokesperson said that the company is working on resolving the issue as quickly as possible. Apple has not released any information on when app updates will fall under the same requirements.

iOS, watchOS, and macOS are all afflicted by it, save for the latest beta version of iOS. Fix for the Mac and iPad software too should be available soon.

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