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Pranksters add Telugu Unicode character to Twitter handles and are crashing iPhones

20 February, 2018, 18:32 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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The company has released new versions of iOS, watchOS and macOS to fix these exact issues. That update is iOS 11.2.6, and it is highly recommended that you give it a download right now.

Apple has tackled a bug that causes its devices to freeze if they encounter a specific character from the Telugu alphabet - a language native to India. Once the iPhone Twitter app user received a "like" notification on the screen, he/she would open Twitter which would lead to the crash.

Unpatched devices running on iOS 11 crash when any application receives the character, The Verge reported.

tvOS 11.2.6 - Finally, just like the rest of the updates tvOS 11.2.6 is aimed at fixing the Telugu character bug.

"The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash", Apple states in one notice.

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When the news broke, online pranksters and trolls started to spread the Telugu letter in text messages and across social media in an attempt to crash devices.

The glitch that was detected last week seemed fairly simple but powerful enough to crash an iPhone or iPad.

The new software update also patches connection of third-party apps with the external accessories.

Apple has issued an urgent software update which will stop a "text bomb" from crashing iPhones. Even Apple Watches, when connected with iPhones, were vulnerable to that bug. You can install it in Settings General Software Update or via iTunes.

"Both the iPhone and the Mac on which we performed the tests were updated to the latest version of the operating system", the Mobile World report said (according to a Google translation).

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