New bug can crash iPhones with a single character

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Apparently all iOS devices running iOS 11 and iOS 11.2.5, including the iPhone, become unresponsive, see apps crash, and in some cases may even go into bootloop as soon as this Telugu character appears on the screen.

A fix for the problem is on the way from Apple, which is likely to arrive ahead of the projected iOS 11.3 mid-year update from the company.

According to The Verge, sending a particular Telugu character via iMessage will cause a phone to freeze and it will also affect the Messages app on macOS as well as the Apple Watch.

The bug was originally reported by Italian blog Mobile World - with many Apple users confirming the reports on social media.

All public iOS betas are safeguarded, and Apple has confirmed a fix will be released in a forthcoming software update for other versions of iOS, prior to the iOS 11.3 download expected in the spring. Not just Gmail or Facebook Messenger, the bug crashes even the iMessage. The error itself is caused when the default San Francisco font across Apple devices tries to render the Telugu characters, Aloha browser said in a tweet.

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

The only way to stop the device from crashing is to get someone else to message you and then delete the conversation which contains the symbol. Apple has said that it is now working on a fix for current and previous versions of its OS' but has yet to give a specific date. Bugs have been causing a lot of headaches recently for iOS device users and the latest one just makes matters worse. Skype and Telegram are the only major messaging services unaffected by the issue.

Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later.

Messages containing the symbol can effectively disable any chat or email app.

. This suggests that Apple is already aware of the issue.

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