Apple releases new security update to fix Telugu character crashes

REUTERS  Brendan McDermidA view of the Apple logo on the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York

REUTERS Brendan McDermidA view of the Apple logo on the flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York

User discovered that it was possible to crash your Apple device by sending a specific character from the Indian Telugu language. However, the problem does not seem to occur in the latest beta version of the iOS mobile operating system, which indicates Apple is aware of the issue and is preparing to release a fix, Mobile World noted.

Apple has started rolling out a new iOS update, version 11.2.6, which fixes the bug that caused iPhones and apps such as iMessages, Facebook and WhatsApp to crash due to a Telugu character.

Following the glitch's discovery, pranksters had used the symbol on social media, private messages and even Uber's app to cause problems. On its website, updates are titled iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update.

While iOS 11.2.6 is a minor yet important update, Apple is gearing up for a major software roll-out next month.


Previously, Apple recently released a preview of the iOS 11.3 update, which will be rolling out starting this Spring.

This is the latest in a string of annoying iOS bugs. It has also been reported that Apple's intelligent personal assistant, Siri, will be getting new developments with the upcoming iOS update. The bug was later found to affect other Apple products such as the Apple Watch, Apple TV and all Apple computers running on macOS.

To update to iOS 11.2.6, users must download the software over-the-air via the Settings app. 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.

The bug will only crash the entire iPhone if a notification card or banner containing the character pops up on the device.

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