How a single character could make your Apple device crash

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The iOS bug was first spotted by the Italian site Mobile World. Reports suggest that the bug can also be exploited on Safari and Messages on macOS as well as the Apple Watch.

The crash occurs when a single character from Telugu - a language native to India and spoken by 70 million people - is received in iMessage by iOS devices running 11.2.5. We've also tested the bug on third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Gmail, and Outlook for iOS and found that these apps can become disabled once a message is received.

While a simple fix, weak or non-existent internet access could potentially make the process of deleting messages suffering from the problem more hard. The issue does not affect Telegram and Skype, the Verge reports.

If you get this in a message, DO NOT open it.

. The public beta versions of iOS 11.3 are reportedly unaffected by the bug, so it should disappear when the update drops in the spring. Share your thoughts on the new character bug causing iMessage and other apps to crash in the comments.

One workaround for the bug is for a user to have someone else send a new message and then delete the text that contained the Telugu character, the Verge reported.

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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.

As noted by Mac Rumors, the bug extends to any text field in iOS-including mobile browsers, proprietary, and third-party apps.

At the very least, receiving the character will crash whatever messaging app sees the character, forcing you to force-close the app.

If you do receive a message with the symbol, delete the message. In this case the entire SpringBoard may crash.

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