Apple has released a new software update to address a recently discovered bug that crashed messaging apps on iOS. The new update available today includes iOS 11.2.6 for iPhone and iPad, watchOS 4.2.3 for Apple Watch, tvOS 11.2.6 for Apple TV, and macOS 10.13.3 for Mac.
The update primarily brings fix to the Telugu character bug that crashed Apple’s Springbroad as soon as a message with that character was received by an iOS user. The bug initially seemed to affect iMessage, but it also affected other apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, WeChat among others.
In its iOS release note, Apple says the update fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash, and issues where some third-party could fail to connect to external accessories. The watchOS and macOS updates also make similar reference to the character bug that caused apps to crash when received on an iOS device.
It was noticed that the bug only affected devices running iOS 11.2.5, but those running iOS 11.3 beta were not affected by the Telugu character bug. It was clear that Apple has already cleared the bug with its upcoming release, and it was widely expected that the company will release a supplemental update to fix the issue. Apple said last week that it would release a software update to address the issue and the new update is meant to prevent iOS users from waiting for the release of iOS 11.3.
This is not the first time that iOS has been found affected by a bug that affects the messaging apps in particular. In 2015, a tiny string of text disabled iMessage while a five-second video crashed iPhones in 2016. Last month, Apple’s mobile operating system was affected by a ‘ChaiOS’ bug that had the potential to freeze any iPhone with a single link.
For Apple, last few weeks have been poor in terms of software rollout with some of its own updates being found buggy by its users. A report recently claimed that Apple is shifting its focus from major features packaged into one single update to a release that brings stability. The Cupertino-based company is not planning to release every major feature with iOS 12, but it will rather focus on security and stability on its mobile operating system.