New Bug Causes iPhone, Mac And Apple Watch Apps To Crash When Indian Character Is Received

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Feb 15, 2018
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When Apple rolled out its latest iOS 11 update to the public, it had numerous bugs that needed to be fixed. Over the period of time, the company did release several updates that handled several bugs and also contributed to enhancing device’s performance. However, iOS 11 is Apple’s one of those releases which is crawling with bugs. Now, a new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 which allows the Messages and other apps to crash when an Indian character is received by the device. So let’s take a deeper look at the matter.

Indian Character Crashes iMessage And Other Apps When Received On iOS Device

Previously, we have reported several cases where sending a specific code or collection of letters which could possibly harm your iPhone. 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. As mentioned earlier, sending a specific Telugu character (Indian language) will crash your iOS device’s Messages and other apps and will unable you to open it again.

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The bug was first highlighted by an Italian website, Mobile World. The site further states that the specific characters will crash any app on which the characters are displayed. This means that the bug is not limited to iOS Messages app. However, it can require a DFU to fix it in some cases.

If the character is displayed within an application (WhatsApp, Twitter, etc.), the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it. The situation gets worse if someone sends you the symbol and iOS tries to show it in a notification: in this case, the entire Springboard (ie the system software that manages the Home) will be blocked.

If you have been a victim of the bug, The Verge suggests a possible way to resolve it. Apart from iOS devices alone, the bug also crashes apps on the Apple Watch as well as Macs. This means that the issue is well spread out across the ecosystem.

We’ve tested it successfully on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5 […] It appears that the only way to regain access to your iMessages is to have another friend send you a message and try to delete the thread that contained the bad character.

The Verge further suggests that the issue has also been resolved in the public beta of iOS 11.3. This suggests that Apple is already aware of the issue. Permanent fox for the general public will arrive in the future update, so be sure to keep a lookout for it.

This is all for now, folks. Share your thoughts on the new character bug causing iMessage and other apps to crash in the comments.

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