This Character Can Crash Almost All Apps on Apple Devices

17 February, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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Interestingly, reports have also emerged indicating that the public beta version of iOS 11.3 is unaffected; I'm running the beta, so I haven't been able to test the problem myself.

The bug, the origin of which is still unknown, was discovered earlier this week and involves sending the character in Telugu to devices that crashes an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp inaccessible. You basically need to ask a friend to send another text message, and then delete the original thread containing the buggy characters. The bug goes beyond Apple's native messaging app and also affects popular third-party apps. This is yet another similar case in which an iOS device causes the Messages app to crash, ultimately leaving users unable to open it again.

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If the character is displayed within an application (WhatsApp, Twitter, etc.), the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it. Reports suggest that the bug can also be exploited on Safari and Messages on macOS as well as the Apple Watch. To be precise it is a character of the Telugu language, a Central-Southern Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people (from about 5% of the Indian population therefore). Apple in the past has faced a lot of software issues and iOS crashing due to several links, videos, and characters. Fortunately, the upcoming version of the iOS 11.3 beta is already immune to the bug. It's the latest in a series of bugs that have affected iOS, and its messaging abilities in particular, though it looks like Apple will be fixing this particular one with iOS 11.3 if not before.

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