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Various macOS, iOS, and watchOS apps that rely on Apples's text-rending code can be crashed when sent a message containing a symbol composed of characters used in the Indian language Telugu. For example, The Verge recommends getting someone to send you an SMS so you can get back into iMessage through that notification and delete the thread containing the bad character from your conversations list. The issue occurs if an app receives a character in the Telugu language - cause messaging apps including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp to crash.

Unfortunately, even after affected users manage to get their device working, the problem will continue every time they reopen the app with the offending message. However Telegram and Skype are OK. In such cases, the entire iOS Springboard or the software running the home screen could end up crashing. In 2015, Apple's devices were plagued by the so-called "Unicode of Death", which caused similar issues when users received a message with a specific combination of Arabic characters.

In an unsurprising turn of events, Apple announced today that beginning in April, all new iPhone apps will be required to support the notch that's on the iPhone X.

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Having said that, the tech giant has also announced last month that it is bringing a new firmware update for Apple devices.

Interestingly, the bug only appears to affect iOS 11.2.5.

Still, until that updated version is released - or, indeed, until Apple pushes out a patch before that point comes - it's a frustrating and potentially very disruptive issue. The new bug affects a broad swath of Apple devices and crashes almost any major app they run, making it particularly destructive if not resolved quickly.

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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.

This particular bug is fixed in the beta version of iOS 11.3, which is already publicly available, though the final release of the iOS isn't slated to happen until the spring.

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