Apple acknowledges serious iOS bug, to fix it soon

Yolanda Curtis
February 18, 2018

Apple gadgets running iOS 11.2.5 or macOS, are susceptible to the bug, which disables access to iMessages.

The bug is triggered by sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to devices, which first causes Apple's iOS Springboard - the standard application that manages the iOS home screen - to crash after the message has been received.

According to The Verge, Apple is preparing another software update between now and iOS 11.3 that will address the problem, so get ready for the arrival iOS 11.2.6. It isn't known how many Apple users have been affected by the bug. "It seems, however, that the beta of iOS 11.3 is already immune, which is a good signal".

According to tech news website The Verge apps, including Apple's iMessage and third-party applications like WhatsApp, Gmail and Facebook messenger ceased to function when Telugu was used or appeared.

It appears as if the latest version of the Apple's beset mobile operating system can't process the character, causing the popular messaging apps to fail to load.

The moment a text with the bug is received, the app that opened the text crashes.

The bug was originally reported by Italian blog Mobile World - with many Apple users confirming the reports on social media. Called the chaiOS, the bug exploited the fact that Apple's Messages app preloads any links in messages to show users a preview of the webpage. Over the period of time, the company did release several updates that handled several bugs and also contributed to enhancing device's performance. You might be able to regain access to iMessage by getting a separate friend to send you a message and then deleting the thread which contains the letter. If you're really desperate for a solution, you can also upgrade to the latest iOS public beta, iOS 11.3, which in our testing is immune to this bug.

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