Apple updates iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS to swat Telugu character bug

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Go and grab iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and the macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update now. Once a user would type in that character, it would crash the app, and keep crashing it even after reboot.

The bug, which was discovered last week, can send any iPhone, iPad or Mac into a restart loop, if the the device receives a simple text message containing a unique character.

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In December, there was an iOS 11 bug that crashed iPhones, which caused Apple to issue a significant iOS update just hours after the bug happened - something they normally don't do so quickly. The bug has already been resolved in the beta of the latest iOS operating systems so users experiencing this should expect it to be fixed very soon. These updates fix the bad character issue that caused messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to crash. The only way to fix the issue was wait for a new message to come in, and then try to delete the old thread without the app attempting to load it first.

To tackle this issue, Apple yesterday released a software update for four of their consumer operating systems. The update comes with a size of 163.2 MB and the users have to connect their devices to a Wifi network to download and install the update. Once the message has been sent and received, Apple's iOS Springboard will crash. In January, a message loaded with a malicious link caused some iPhones to hang, and Apple responded by stuffing iOS 11.2.5 with a corrective measure. Now that the Telugu Unicode is affecting Twitter, the company has its work cut out to fix the glitch as early as possible.

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