New bug can crash iPhones with a single character

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Mobile World said its tests showed the bug affected devices running iOS, macOS and watchOS, and crashed applications that included WhatsApp, Twitter, Note, and Safari, among others.

The symbol eventually crashes the iOS SpringBoard application, which is responsible for managing the home screen and launching apps, and the crashes can sometimes be so severe that users have to put their devices into recovery mode to fix it.

Currently, the only reported solution for the crash is to have someone else send you a message, open it, then attempt to delete the conversation thread containing the problematic character. The bug appears to affect most messaging apps, including iMessage, WhatsApp, Gmail, Outlook for iOS, or Facebook Messenger.

A new iOS bug which is a symbol in the Indian language known as Telugu, is potential to crash your iPhone. If it appears as part of a message or is pasted manually in the textbox, the native app will crash and continue to close, no matter how long you try. To be precise it is a character of the Telugu language, a Central-Southern Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people (from about 5% of the Indian population therefore).

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Also, Apple may introduce a new update to the Animojis used in iPhones and iPads, with some new characters and a more user-friendly navigation menu.

This discovery comes after Apple found multiple software issues before the end of 2017.

A specific Telugu character is crashing iPhones worldwide. The new update will be integrated into the upcoming macOS 10.14 and Apple may also introduce some of its iPhone and iPad apps to the Mac devices with the update. A future update before iOS 11.3 release will fix the problem in all versions of operating systems.

In an Open Radar bug report filed on Monday, Apple said it already patched the issue in the beta version of iOS 11.3. However, the iOS 11.3 public beta seems unaffected.

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