IOS Telugu character bug fix coming in minor update, Apple says

An iPhone X

An iPhone X

Apple says a patch is coming soon for a bug that crashes iPhones and messaging apps when a specific Indian Telugu character is received.

Apple has confirmed that it is working on a fix and will be releasing it before the next major software updates for iOS, MacOS, and WatchOS becomes available.

If you receive the symbol in a message do not attempt to open because it causes the iOS Springboard - which manages the devices homescreen - to crash.

A community forum called OpenRadar first highlighted the issue a few days ago, followed up by a report by Italian blog Mobile World. For apps like WhatsApp, Gmail, and Facebook messenger, you can login via web and delete the buggy message.

Here's a tweet that shows how the Telugu character crashes the apps.

The character in question is from the Telugu language which spoken by approximately 70 million people in India.

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According to The Verge, Apple is preparing another software update between now and iOS 11.3 that will address the problem, so get ready for the arrival iOS 11.2.6.

This is the latest in the fairly long line of many similar bugs which allow attackers to crash an iOS device by sending a simple text message. Apple has said the problem has been solved in some beta versions of its operating systems and the fix will be rolled out across its suite of products as soon as possible. Telegram and Skype appear to be unaffected.

They also crashed the Messages app, and if an iOS user received the text while their handset was locked the bug would force their phone to reboot.

While users who have faced this issue suggest that the only way to access iMessage again is to have a friend send you a message and then delete the entire thread which contains the "rogue" Telugu character.

Having said that, the tech giant has also announced last month that it is bringing a new firmware update for Apple devices.

Apple wouldn't issue such an edict if the X was on the chopping block.

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