Apple Releases watchOS 4.2.3 Update with Telugu Character Bug Fix

Twitter app crashing on iPhones

When you received a message that included a specific character, your iPhone would crash, and you'd be unable to access the messaging app it was sent through. Apple later acknowledged the issue and confirmed that a fix was on the way.

Pranksters are reportedly exploiting a bug affecting the majority of Apple devices by posting a character in the Indian language Telugu, which can cause crashes for unsuspecting users.

To fix the problem yourself, you somehow have to get into the app that crashed and remove the message with the character. The latest update for iOS also saw corresponding security fixes for Apple's other software platforms - watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

While iOS 11.2.6 is a minor yet important update, Apple is gearing up for a major software roll-out next month.

The only operating system safe from the bug is iOS 11.3, which is now only available to a small number of users as it is tested before a broader release. Moreover, the new iOS update resolves the bug that was making some third-party apps fail to connect to external accessories.

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Reuters/Thomas PeterApple users have to wait until 2019 for some of the new features promised by Apple to arrive.

Users already running the latest developer and public betas do not need to run today's releases for the fix.

You can update your iPhone by visiting Settings General Software update. Once the springboard recovered, messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Apple's own Messages app would crash, too. Users have noted that it somehow also applies to the macOS versions of Safari and Messages.

In some situations, if the character is viewed through an iOS notification, it can cause the entire device to crash.

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