Apple Squashes Telugu Character Bug

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Just last week, we told you how a single character "text bomb" was able to crash your iPhones, Macs, and other Apple devices. Apple later acknowledged the issue and confirmed that a fix was on the way.

Apple on Tuesday released a new update to its operating system to address the crash that a Telugu language character bug was causing in several devices.

Apple also introduced minor updates to the Apple TV and Apple Watch, tvOS 11.2.6 and watchOS 4.2.3, which fix the Telugu bug.

Also known as the Telugu bug, referencing the specific language spoken by around 70 million people in India, the exploit causes certain iOS communication apps to crash when attempting to process a specific Telugu character.

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For its part, Apple has confirmed it is working on a fix for release as soon as possible.

The bug annoyed many iPhone and iPad owners since their devices would freeze up and become unresponsive.

Apple has told its app developers that when submitting products from April 2018 they must be built with the iOS 11 SDK. However, Apple is determined to fix this problem before the public version of the iOS 11.3 goes live this Spring.

Coming to the bug, it was discovered last week a string of Telugu character crashed an iPhone and block access to different apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and more. The Italian blog site Mobile World is the first to detect the bad character that has already brought inconvenience to a lot of users as of today. It seems that macOS versions before 10.13.3 aren't affected, so if you're running an older OS, no worries. In order to download and install the update, you need to head to My Watch tab on your Apple watch and then click on General Software Update.

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