This Indian language symbol can crash your iPhone

This Indian language symbol can crash your iPhone

The only possible solution that users can try is to ask a friend to send a message and then delete that thread with the bad character.

Some apps like Telegram and Skype have not been affected by the latest bug.

Apple is working hard to fix a bug in its latest OS update that causes apps to crash when a particular letter from Telugu, a south Indian language, is displayed.

The iPad immediately crashed when the messages were received; iOS's notification bar failed to process them, forcing the whole system to stop and reload. In 2015, Apple's devices were plagued by the so-called "Unicode of Death", which caused similar issues when users received a message with a specific combination of Arabic characters. Indeed, according to tests it'll crash the macOS versions of Safari and Messages, too. To be precise it is a character of the Telugu language, a Central-Southern Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people (from about 5% of the Indian population therefore). Although the iPhone X was launch merely months ago in November 2017, Apple has, in recent years, become extra aggressive in pushing developers when it comes to supporting its latest devices.

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But you can fix the iOS 11 problem right now. iOS 11.3 is currently in public beta and is receiving weekly updates. Alternatively, installing the iOS 11.3 or macOS 10.13.4 betas will fix the problem.

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!'

On an iPhone, the issue is a pain as once you receive a message wth the character, you can not get back into Messages until someone sends you a new message and you open it from the notification. Motherboard has reported that by adding the symbol to a user's Twitter name, you can crash the iOS Twitter app simply by liking someone's tweet.

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