A character-based bug on iOS was discovered that can disable messaging apps, and also crash your device. Apple has responded to the discovery of the bug, and says that a fix will soon be coming via a minor iOS update.
Responding to iMore, Apple has said that a bug fix is coming in a minor update that will be rolled out ahead of iOS 11.3. While an iOS bug, it is also said to affect devices running on watchOS and macOS. Apple has also said that a fix for these platforms will soon be rolling out via minor updates.
The bug in question essentially affects the devices when a message with Telugu characters are sent. Apart from iMessage, the bug affects apps like Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other apps that accept text input. In trying to load the characters, the device and potentially the apps too crash.
Once crashed, the app won’t open as it is constantly trying and failing the Telugu characters. One solution was discovered as far as iMessage is concerned. You basically need to ask a friend to send another text message, and then delete the original thread containing the buggy characters.
Apple’s software have lately been in the limelight for the wrong reasons. Nearly all recent OS updates have been affected by bugs. It has reached a point where Apple is reportedly planning to tweak its strategy. A recent report claimed that instead of rolling out OS updates with a bevy of new features, Apple is now more focused on rolling out stable and bug-free updates.