The Verge also reports that the bug is not present in the iOS 11.3 beta, indicating that Apple already knows the problem exists, and is preparing to patch it in the next update. iOS 11.3 public beta 2 is available for download already, so if you're particularly anxious about someone spamming you the character to be annoying, you can download the beta today to immunize yourself. The bug goes beyond Apple's native messaging app and also affects popular third-party apps.
Typing or receiving a message that contains the letter causes apps such as Gmail, Instagram or WhatsApp to crash. Tech blog 9to5Mac noted there have been previous similar cases in which sending a specific message to an iOS device has caused app crashes. The iPad's iOS notification bar failed to process them, forcing the whole system to stop and reload.
Here's a tweet that shows how the Telugu character crashes the apps. However, reports have surfaced of late that suggest Apple is concerned about the number of issues affecting iOS. Your Apple watch and your Mac are not safe either. Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken by nearly 60 million people in the southern part of India. Apple's next major software update, iOS 12, is expected to come out this fall.
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The only safe operating system seems to be iOS 11.3, which is however only publicly available in beta form.
But you'll be using this very modern expression which begins with a vowel if hackers use the ancient Indian language to crash your iPhone: 'OMFG!' The bug is reportedly fixed in iOS 11.3 beta; however, that update may not arrive for some time.
The severity of opening the text with the bug in it is such that once you open it, the app which you used will keep crashing, no matter how many times you try to open it. Share your thoughts on the new character bug causing iMessage and other apps to crash in the comments.
A fix for the problem is on the way from Apple, which is likely to arrive ahead of the projected iOS 11.3 mid-year update from the company.