Apple iOS hit with Indian bug

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A new bug has been discovered in Apple's iOS software which causes iPhones to crash when sent an Indian character in a message. You basically need to ask a friend to send another text message, and then delete the original thread containing the buggy characters.

As well as Apple's own Messages app, it's also enough to bring down third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, WhatsApp, and Outlook for iOS. Users who receive a message will no longer be able to open iMessage as the app will fail to load the character. The issue does not affect Telegram and Skype, the Verge reports.

iOS 11 will struggle to render it whenever the symbol is placed into a text field.

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.

Telugu is one of 22 languages with official status in India and is spoken by 74 million people.

According to Mobile World, there is a particular character in Telugu which is causing the iPhone to crash and that it also impacts watchOS, macOS as well.

Other apps like Yahoo Mail can constantly trigger the bug when iOS goes idle because the apps will try to display emails carrying the Telugu symbol as a notification and gets stuck in a cycle of periodic iOS freezes.

"The character in question can cause serious problems and, in nearly all our tests, after the Springboard crash the iPhone went into bootloop and we had to perform a reset from DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode".

It is expected that the problem will be fixed when the new iOS11.3 is released in the next few months.

In an Open Radar bug report filed on Monday, Apple said it already patched the issue in the beta version of iOS 11.3.

Given how quickly Apple releases software updates, it's likely that the company will push out some sort of update that fixes the bug soon.

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