Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Message with Indian language symbol can crash iPhones

Message with Indian language symbol can crash iPhones

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

Apple Telugu bug impacts iPhone, watchOS and macOS and it can cause the device to crash and block access to the Messages app on the device. The issue extends to third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail and Outlook. This is yet another similar case in which an iOS device causes the Messages app to crash, ultimately leaving users unable to open it again. This means that the bug is not limited to iOS Messages app.

The bug activates once the recipient tries to open a message which contains the character.

If the character, is received or pasted into iMessage, the app will crash, potentially taking the backend software that runs the iOS home screen with it. Bugs have been causing a lot of headaches recently for iOS device users and the latest one just makes matters worse. Even though at the time of this writing Apple had not publicly addressed the bug, both the iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas are immune to it, according to Mac Rumors.

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"If this happens, wait and hope that the Springboard will restart properly, because if you force a reboot of the device, it will bootloop". According to the report, you're only able to regain access to Messages when the person who sent you the character deletes it from your conversation.

However, Apple has noticed the issue and is working to fix the bug.

"Try to insert "జ్ఞ‌ా" this symbol in any system text renderer like TextField, Label, TextView [and it always crashes]", iOS developer Igor Bulyga explains in his post.

These features were expected in the already released iOS 11 update but were reportedly delayed because Apple wanted to upgrade its own process of developing apps and the way they are introduced to the world.

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