Apple has tackled a bug that causes its devices to freeze if they encounter a specific character from the Telugu alphabet - a language native to India. These character sequences include the Telugu character that was last week reported to crash iPhone and iPad models when it is received or even pasted into a text area.
Apple plans to fix the problem of updating the iOS to iOS release 11.3 this spring.
To install the update on your device, head over to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.
Apple promised a fix before the arrival of iOS 10.3 and it's here today in the form of iOS 10.2.6. In a statement sent by an Apple representative to The Verge, the company promised to solve the issue with the next minor update, the iOS 11.2.6.
It is not the first time that Apple devices have been hit with these so-called "text bombs". Over the course of the last few months, a multitude of bugs and issues have plagued the platform ranging from excessive battery draining to the now infamous battery slowdown scandal.
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People had discovered that certain series of Telugu or Bengali characters could cause iOS apps to crash and fall into a reboot loop, making the phone unusable.
The new software update also patches connection of third-party apps with the external accessories.
Telegram and Skype do not appear to be affected and the issue couldn't be recreated in the public beta versions of iOS 11.3.
You should be able to download both updates right now, and you should, or you'll probably get pranked in the near future.
It's not ideal, but it should serve as a temporary fix until Apple or Twitter issue a formal bug fix.
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