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A single character can crash your iPhone's messaging apps

18 February 2018

If the character is displayed within an application (WhatsApp, Twitter, etc.), the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it. A big nuisance caused by a single symbol from the Indian language Telugu, spoken by over 75 million people worldwide. The only messaging apps that don't appear to be affected by the bug are Telegram and Skype.

The bug itself involves sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to devices, and Apple's iOS Springboard will crash once the message has been received.

Indeed, attempts to reload Messages after the rogue character had been received saw it get stuck trying - and failing - to bring that message in.

As noted by Mac Rumors, the bug extends to any text field in iOS-including mobile browsers, proprietary, and third-party apps. Apparently, watchOS apps don't fare any better, while the character will also crash Mac software such as Note, Safari and the App Store, according to Mobile World.

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The bug appears to be only affecting iPhones running iOS 11.2.5.

The issue appears to be that iOS 11 can not render the character and, as a response, simply shuts down the app where it appears.

If you're one of the customers that purchased Apple's new thousand-dollar smartphone, then you know that apps can be a bit of a mixed bag. If that happens, developers recommend waiting and hoping for the phone to restart properly as forcibly restarting it can result in a boot loop, potentially requiring you to reinstall the operating system (OS). Apple seems to be aware of the issue because the bug is fixed in the public beta version of iOS 11.3.

So far, the only possible way to regain access to the Messages app is by having another friend send the user a message. This, as The Verge says, could be done by asking someone to send a text message on your device and getting into iMessage using that notification.

A single character can crash your iPhone's messaging apps