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This single-character message can crash your iPhone

18 Febrero 2018, 11:56 | Benedicto Grullon

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An iPhone X

We picked up on a report earlier today about a new bug in iOS 11.2 that's making iPhones crash and even disabling access to apps like iMessages and WhatsApp. The bug can also be reproduced on macOS High Sierra (version 10.13), along with the new versions of tvOS and watchOS.

These features were expected in the already released iOS 11 update but were reportedly delayed because Apple wanted to upgrade its own process of developing apps and the way they are introduced to the world. Once that message is received, Apple's iOS Springboard-an application that manages the iOS home screen-will crash and the Messages app will no longer open. In trying to load the characters, the device and potentially the apps too crash.

If you get the character in iMessage, the fix is to simply receive another text message.

Interestingly, reports have also emerged indicating that the public beta version of iOS 11.3 is unaffected; I'm running the beta, so I haven't been able to test the problem myself.

Until then, the only apparent way to deal with the bug is to delete the bad symbol in the message box.

Telugu is spoken by tens of millions of people around the world, with most of the people who speak it living in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

If a user were to open any conversation in a text-based app like WhatsApp, Twitter, or Facebook Messenger, and type the character, the app will crash, and it will keep force closing each time you try to re-open it.

Opening a message containing the character - from Telugu, an Indian dialect - can be enough to cause serious problems, tech experts warn. It also forced the whole system to stop and reload.

The bug is the latest in a string of troubles Apple has faced in recent months as it tries to improve the stability of its mobile operating system. It can freeze the iOS device if another person sends the symbol to that device. 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.

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