Apple has released a software update for all its devices to tackle the recent crashes being caused by the usage of a rather problematic character. But once the information concerning the crash was leaked, it became a global issue: users would troll their friends and enemies alike, sending them the Telugu character to cause trouble.
Apple started rolling out iOS 11.2.6 that was exclusively released to deal with the Telugu bug, which crashes iPhones and iPads. This release is expected to be followed by iOS 11.3, which will feature performance throttling controls.
The offending character within the Telugu language (which has 75m native speakers) had been causing problems in communications apps like Messages, Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Moreover, the new iOS update resolves the bug that was making some third-party apps fail to connect to external accessories.
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Since iOS 11.2.6 is a minor release which has received little testing, no new features have been introduced into the operating system.
Now Apple has rushed out a new software update to fix the bug. The Italian blog site Mobile World is the first to detect the bad character that has already brought inconvenience to a lot of users as of today. This is a critical software update and all the iOS users are prompted to install the latest patch as soon as possible to prevent crashing of certain apps.
The bug was discovered a few days ago and has been since then known to crash most of Apple's products. Users have noted that it somehow also applies to the macOS versions of Safari and Messages.
The bug will only crash the entire iPhone if a notification card or banner containing the character pops up on the device.