New 'text bomb' bug causes Apple devices to crash

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The bug is an Indian language (Telugu) character that can be sent through messaging platforms on any Apple product that runs iOS 11 or macOS.

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system reportedly contains a bug that can cause devices to crash and block access to messages, including those in third-party apps. According to reports, the only way to open iMessage again is to get another friend to send a message, which then allows users to delete the affected thread.

This includes WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail, and Outlook for iOS, with Skype and Telegram being the only exceptions.

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

'In this case, the entire Springboard will be blocked. 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.

Interestingly, the bug only appears to affect iOS 11.2.5. The new update will be integrated into the upcoming macOS 10.14 and Apple may also introduce some of its iPhone and iPad apps to the Mac devices with the update. Apple in the past has faced a lot of software issues and iOS crashing due to several links, videos, and characters.

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Warning about the bug, engineers at software maker Aloha Browser said the symbol is actually two Telugu characters that when translated mean the word "sign".

Apple users have received a message with the character and to combat it will need to delete the Messages conversation with the person who sent the character.

In an Open Radar bug report filed on Monday, Apple said it already patched the issue in the beta version of iOS 11.3. Apple has responded just recently that it is now working on a fix for the bug for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, confirming that the bug will cripple not just Apple smartphones, but nearly all of the company's other products as well.

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