iPhone Telugu bug will be fixed before iOS 11.3, assures Apple

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New Delhi: The US tech-giant Apple has admitted that the iOS 11.2.5 has a serious bug which is capable of crashing apps and Apple devices via iMessage, saying that it was working on to fix it.

According to reports, the vulnerability was discovered earlier this week and involves sending an Indian language character (in Telugu) to devices that crash an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp inaccessible. 

“While iOS 11.3 fixes the problems, Apple said it is planning to release an iOS 11 update soon that will address the crashes before the iOS 11.3 release in the spring,” tech website The Verge has reported late Thursday.

The character comes from the Telugu language, which is spoken by around 70 million people in India. When sent over chat apps including iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or email apps, the bug can crash that particular app. 

To fix the problem yourself, you somehow have to get into the app that crashed and remove the message with the character. You can only do so from another device though, and only if that device doesn’t run iOS.

The iOS bug also affects built-in Messages app on macOS and the Apple Watch.

Upon restarting the devices, users will be unable to open the Messages app, something which obviously has the potential for serious consequences, said a Forbes report.

The Cupertino-headquartered giant announced last month that the upcoming Apple iOS 11.3 update will offer features that give users power to control their batteries, Augmented Reality (AR) upgrade and Animoji.

Earlier Apple had said, “This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience Augmented Reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app.”

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