Some Apple iPhones crash on Indian language script bug

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"New iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later".

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. If it appears as part of a message or is pasted manually in the textbox, the native app will crash and continue to close, no matter how long you try.

The only way to escape this cycle is to get someone else to message you and delete the thread containing the malicious message.

That, of course, could prove to be a problem.

To put it in simpler terms, developers must make sure that their apps will be able to accommodate the display notch on the iPhone X's 5.8-inch OLED display. This happens because iOS 11 struggles to render the character whenever it's used in a text field.

The Verge reports the bug is not present in the beta version of iOS 11.3, suggesting Apple engineers are on the case.

The fix will arrive "ahead of their next scheduled major updates" which is iOS 11.3 (stable).

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Given the recent iOS and iPhone bugs, this seems like a well-received decision. Apple expects to finalize iOS 11.3 this spring, at which point it will be pushed out to iPhones and iPads in general.

This bug can cause iPhones to crash to the point where they require a DFU reset to recover. That automatically crashes the messaging app.

In 2015, for instance, a single text message could be sent to iPhone owners and wreak havoc on the handset.

Both ChaiOS and a bug discovered in February 2018 involving an Indian language character are similar to another called Effective Power.

For its part, Apple has fixed many of these problesm. The bug can also disable Messages and Safari running on macOS versions.

Apple's texting software has taken a real beating of late.

Now that there's been reports of yet another iOS flaw, that might be a good thing.

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