Major Apple Bug Causes iPhones, Macs To Freeze with Just One Character

Major Apple Bug Causes iPhones, Macs To Freeze with Just One Character

Apple is working urgently to fix a bug in its latest software update that crashes applications that display a particular letter from the south Indian language Telugu.

The bug was first reported by Italian tech site Mobile World and has now been widely replicated with numerous confirmations of its existence posted online. While an iOS bug, it is also said to affect devices running on watchOS and macOS.

The symbol is also capable of disabling WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS and Gmail.

As apps try and fail to load the character, users can get trapped in an endless loop of crashes. The change in policy only applies to new apps, although it's extremely likely that in the future, Apple will set a deadline to require all updates to apps to support the iPhone X notch.

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

Apple told The Verge that iOS 11.3 fixes the problems.

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The bug causes the iPhone springboard to crash when a message containing a specific Telugu character is received. The website suggests that you should not try to force boot your phone in this case as it will lead to bootlop. The origins of the Telugu iOS 11 bug are still unknown, though the bug itself was discovered earlier this week.

In some situations, if the character is viewed through an iOS notification, it can cause the entire device to crash.

Apple users have received a message with the character and to combat it will need to delete the Messages conversation with the person who sent the character.

Back in November, yet another frustrating keyboard bug was found to be plaguing users of the mobile OS, with the word "it" automatically corrected to "I.T". However, the iOS 11.3 public beta seems unaffected. You can now get quick access to system apps, change audio settings, and even begin a screen recording session.

The fix will arrive "ahead of their next scheduled major updates" which is iOS 11.3 (stable).

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