Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Indian Text Character Crashes Many iOS and macOS Apps

Indian Text Character Crashes Many iOS and macOS Apps

Yes, recently a new bug has discovered that crashes iMessage and other messaging apps when receiving an single Indian (Telugu) character on your iPhone.

As well as Apple's own Messages app, it's also enough to bring down third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, WhatsApp, and Outlook for iOS.

The character, when received or even pasted into iMessage, will at least crash the app if not the entire iOS SpringBoard (the core software that runs the iOS home screen). This now affects devices running iOS 11.2.5, and has been fixed in the beta for Apple's next update. You don't require support for a device you plan on nixing because it's some kind of dud. The site further states that the specific characters will crash any app on which the characters are displayed.

Apple grew concerned and put on hold planned redesign of their operating system to negate the possibility of any potential security risks or "Bugs" could arise due to time pressure on their developer's. Next, Messages will no longer open because the iPhone or iPad is unable to load the character.

During their development work on an global news feed, software engineers at Aloha Browser discovered two unicode symbols in a non-English language that can crash any Apple device that uses Apple's default San Francisco font. However, Telegram and Skype seem to process it properly without crashing. A potential fix would be to delete the message by logging into the appropriate app on another device (without opening the message) before rebooting. It also appears that iOS 11.3 beta is not impacted by the Telugu character bug. According to the team at Aloha Browser, Apple is aware of the bug and it may have been reported by another development team as well. This isn't the first time a bug like this has been discovered on Apple's software - in fact, we have a new "iPhone-crashing bug" nearly every year.

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