Indian Character Bug Crashes iPhones and Messaging Apps


A blog for Apple users, 9to5 Mac, suggests the bug may require a DFU reset (device firmware update) to get rid of it. After signing back in, Warren is unable to re-open iMessage, which crashes right after he presses the app icon. Apple did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment on when users can expect a fix. According to Mobile World, the bug seems to be a lot worse when iOS displays the message in a notification.

Apple gadgets running iOS 11.2.5 or macOS, are susceptible to the bug, which disables access to iMessages.

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. The Verge reports that Telegram and Skype are unaffected.

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Mobile World says the Telugu character bug could block access to the Messages app as well as popular third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Outlook, Gmail, and WhatsApp. They have confirmed, however, that the fix will be issued before the release of iOS 11.3.

Apple has launched a new page on its website dedicated to showcasing the capabilities of augmented reality on iOS, made possible by the introduction of ARKit in 2017. In December, iOS was discovered to be slowing down the processors in older model iPhones to prevent unexpected shutdowns due to aging batteries.

Over the last ten years, Apple's product output cycle has remained the same, even though advances in technology have made products more intricate and complicated to design, manufacture and secure. The new bug affects a broad swath of Apple devices and crashes almost any major app they run, making it particularly destructive if not resolved quickly. Apple's next major software update, iOS 12, is expected to come out this fall.