A new bug has been discovered wherein a single character in Telugu, India’s third-most-spoken language — character that crashes your Apple device. The bug will block access to iMessage and third-party apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Gmail. The bug not only affects iOS devices, but other Apple products including Macs and Apple Watch.
In a latest development, Apple has agreed to fix the bug. Also Read: Apple Promises Fix For Serious Telugu Character Bug
Apple confirmed that a bug is causing its devices to crash when a Telugu character is sent to the device or typed in text editor. Messaging apps will not open as they are unable to load the bad character. The company is working on a fix for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, tvOS 11 versions that have been affected by the bug. Some users who have reported the issue have found that the only way to gain access to iMessage again is to have a friend send you a message and then delete the thread which contains the bad character.
Telegram and Skype have not been affected by this bug. As per some reports, the bug also comes into effect when inserting the Telugu character in text editors like TextField, Labels, TextView. A similar bug called chaiOS was discovered in December where a specific link was able to crash and freeze messaging apps.
Apple will release iOS 11.3 — which includes some new animoji and a feature to shut off Apple’s controversial battery-slowdown feature — sometime this spring. The newer version of iOS 11 will not be at risk for this particular messaging bug. It is advisable to keep texting in Telugu to a minimum until then.