Apple iPhone bug is crashing iMessage and other apps

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Gmail and Outlook are also affected, while Telegram and Skype are not.

Apple is working hard to fix a bug in its latest OS update that causes apps to crash when a particular letter from Telugu, a south Indian language, is displayed.

News of the bug emerged after reports in Italian blog Mobile World and has since been widely replicated, with numerous confirmations posted online.

"If the character is displayed within an application, the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it".

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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.

So, if you receive a notification that includes that character, Springboard which is the part of iOS that manages notifications will reset. As per software engineers at Aloha Browser there is another Unicode symbol in a non-English language that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple's default San Francisco font. You might be able to regain access to iMessage by getting a separate friend to send you a message and then deleting the thread which contains the letter.

An Apple spokesperson said that the company is working on resolving the issue as quickly as possible. You just need to go to the trouble of installing iOS beta 11.3, which addresses the problem, along with all current betas of macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. A newly-discovered bug that's capable of crashing your iPhone or Mac computer is making the rounds, and it's a pretty nasty one.

The Telugu text bomb, however, is not the only rogue character that can bring your Apple device to its knees.

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The character which causes the problem is used in the written version of an Indian language spoken by approximately 70 million people.

This particular bug is fixed in the beta version of iOS 11.3, which is already publicly available, though the final release of the iOS isn't slated to happen until the spring.

Once crashed, the app won't open as it is constantly trying and failing the Telugu characters.

Apple has been troubled by a series of issues lately, including a separate iOS bug called 'chaiOS' that was exposed by a researcher on GitHub.

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