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This single-character message can crash your iPhone

This single-character message can crash your iPhone

The vulnerability crashes the app in which the character appears and can send the affected device into an endless loop of reboots, according to the Italian blog Mobile World, which reported the issue yesterday.

The Verge, which could reproduce the bug on multiple iPhones running iOS 11.2.5, said that it also worked on the macOS versions of Safari and Messages.

Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash Apple's system that manages the home screen, called iOS Springboard.

The only possible solution that users can try is to ask a friend to send a message and then delete that thread with the bad character.

It causes apps to become unresponsive, including Apple's iMessage and third-party applications like WhatsApp, Gmail and Facebook messenger.

A new iOS bug which is a symbol in the Indian language known as Telugu, is potential to crash your iPhone.

While it may seem odd that a random text character could bring down one of the most popular operating systems in the world, this is actually not the first weird crashing issue to hit iOS. As soon as the message is received, Apple's operating system crashes and you have no way of resurrecting your messaging apps.

From the new Control Center to app-to-app drag and drop, iOS 11 offers enhanced features and functionality for IPhone and iPad users.

Besides, iOS the bug can also be reproduced on macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), along with the new versions of tvOS and watchOS. Apple has not released any information on when app updates will fall under the same requirements.

The character of the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country's population.

iOS 11.3 is the next major update for the mobile platform but Apple has confirmed to The Verge that it's going to release an incremental iOS 11 update in the near future to fix this issue before iOS 11.3 is released this spring.

However, it seems users may not have to deal with the problem for much longer. iOS 11.3's public beta reportedly does not contain this bug, suggesting Apple may already be aware of the issue. Also, starting that month, all apps must be created based on the iOS 11 SDK, though this doesn't necessarily mean they must support new features - just compiled with the latest SDK.


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