Messages Containing Indian Letter Can Remotely Crash an iPhone

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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. Specifically, the bug will block access to iMessage and third-party apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail.

Some apps such as Skype and Telegram have been reported to be unaffected by the latest bug.

Whether you type it in yourself or receive it in a message, there's one character in the Telugu language of India that appears to crash any Apple device as soon as it appears.

"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".

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Besides, iOS the bug can also be reproduced on macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), along with the new versions of tvOS and watchOS. Although the iPhone X was launch merely months ago in November 2017, Apple has, in recent years, become extra aggressive in pushing developers when it comes to supporting its latest devices.

A specific Telugu character is crashing iPhones worldwide. The update also advises developers to ensure their current apps are X-compatible and take advantage of its new features and those in iOS 11. Next, Messages will no longer open because the iPhone or iPad is unable to load the character. If that happens, the Springboard software, which serves as the iOS app launcher, appears to crash, forcing you to reboot or reset your device in order to make it work again.

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. Apple always fixes them using iOS updates, and the company confirmed that a fix for the Telugu bug, as it's referred to, will be available to iPhone owners even before iOS 11.3 rolls out.

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