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Mac and iOS bug crashes apps with a single character

17 February 2018

The Verge tested the bug on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5 and reports that it crashed the devices and blocked access to iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook and Gmail. You can regain access to your Messages app by having another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the Telugu character.

Once the problematic message has been received, iOS will crash and any attempts to re-open the app containing the message will typically be met with failure. If someone sends you the symbol and iOS tries to show it in a notification, the entire system software that manages the Home will be blocked, as reported by Mobile World. In 2015, Apple's devices were plagued by the so-called "Unicode of Death", which caused similar issues when users received a message with a specific combination of Arabic characters.

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Besides, iOS the bug can also be reproduced on macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), along with the new versions of tvOS and watchOS. The update also advises developers to ensure their current apps are X-compatible and take advantage of its new features and those in iOS 11. Apple in the past has faced a lot of software issues and iOS crashing due to several links, videos, and characters.

The character of the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country's population.

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However, the good news is that the bug has been addressed in the latest beta update pushed by Apple which should fix the issue for everyone else soon enough.

If you're one of the customers that purchased Apple's new thousand-dollar smartphone, then you know that apps can be a bit of a mixed bag. Just recently, Apple has informed developers that all new apps submitted to the App Store must support the iPhone X's Super Retina display and other features, starting this April. The Verge tried it on the public beta version of iOS 11.3 and found that the character doesn't cause any problem on that version.

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Mac and iOS bug crashes apps with a single character