After recently fixing the "chaiOS" bug, Apple now has to contend with a nasty bug that will crash any Mac or iOS device that receives a single Indian-language character specific to the Telugu language.
However, a recent bug may prove to be the cause of panic among Apple users as an Indian character is being held responsible for crashing the iOS systems.
Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device's home screen.
Typing or receiving a message containing the letter also causes third-party apps such as Gmail and WhatsApp to crash. Apart from iMessage, the bug affects apps like Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other apps that accept text input.
Tripodi also tweeted to say that because of the bug, Apple has "a new, big problem", and that it can leave iPhones and iPads unusable.
Telugu is one of 22 languages with official status in India and is spoken by 74 million people. The public beta version of iOS 11.3 has already resolved the issue, which means Apple was aware of it even before Italian blog Mobile World discovered it.
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The only way to escape the loop is to get someone else to message you so that cycle is interrupted. However Telegram and Skype are OK. Current betas of iOS, MacOS, watchOS and tvOS fix the problem.
Phones not updated to 11.2.5 will not be affected by the bug.
Messages written with the Telugu symbol can effectively disable any chat or email app that tries to fetch them on startup.
This is not the first time Apple has had issues with uncommon characters.
Interestingly, Apple has not disclosed anything about existing apps which may need to update with iPhone X support and iOS 11 SDK.