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An Indian character is causing Apple devices to crash

20 February 2018

The bug, discovered last week, allowed the Indian character in the Telugu language to shut down iOS apps and prevent them from opening back up. In terms of the software release timeline, this is iOS 11.2.6, the 11th update to the latest version of the operating system.

To fix the problem yourself, you somehow have to get into the app that crashed and remove the message with the character.

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The bug reportedly affected iPhones, iPads, Macs and the Apple Watch, hence the firm's blanket release of software updates on Monday.

iOS, watchOS, and macOS are all afflicted by it, save for the latest beta version of iOS.

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It was widely reported at the time that "hundreds" of iOS 11 users moaned about the annoying glitch, which has reportedly been affecting iPhone users since the update was first released in September. Instead, the iOS 12 will be focusing on the improvement of the quality and performance of the software, such as targeting issues of the iPhone's slow responsiveness, security threats, and bugs.

As soon as the character shows up, whether typed or received as part of a text, applications crash and can even freeze an iPhone's springboard, possibly sending it in a bootloop. When sent over chat apps including iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or email apps, the bug can crash that particular app. Users have noted that it somehow also applies to the macOS versions of Safari and Messages. The upcoming iOS 11.3 update will give users power to control their batteries, Augmented Reality (AR) upgrade and Animoji.

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That meeting came on the heels of ongoing complaints from Apple users about crashing apps, out-of-order text messages and iPhone X delays in responding to incoming phone calls. Once inside the General settings options, they should tap Software Update so the device could start downloading the latest update. The update has been rolled out for all four of its operating systems iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

An Indian character is causing Apple devices to crash