Apple updates all of its operating systems to fix crashing bug

Apple has released new software updates to address the Telugu character bug that affected devices running the latest public version of Apple’s software.

Updates available today include iOS 11.2.6 for iPhone and iPad, tvOS 11.2.6 for Apple TV, watchOS 4.2.3 for Apple Watch, and macOS 10.13.3 supplemental update for Mac.

Using a specific character in the Telugu language native to India was enough to crash a variety of chat apps, including iMessage, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and Outlook, though Telegram and Skype were seemingly immune.


The issue was particularly troubling for iPhone users, as the affected apps would continue to crash even after reloading them, essentially shutting users out — only deleting the character using complex workarounds would liberate the app. Worse, it could even reportedly crash the entire iOS SpringBoard software that runs the home screen.