This one Telugu character is making iPhones crash worldwide

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Apple is working urgently to fix a bug in its latest software update that crashes applications that display a particular letter from the south Indian language Telugu.

The glitch disables access to iMessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook and Gmail and if received the symbol sends the device into a frenzy. It gets worse from here as the bug will continue crashing the apps until you remove the character from the app which is hard if you can't open the app.

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. Last month, users discovered that when a single link would be sent over Messages to users, it would crash Apple's handset.

Apple's iOS SpringBoard will crash once the message has been received.

The report says that if the character is displayed within an application like WhatsApp, Twitter or even iMessage, the app in question crashes each time one tries to restart it.

This also hints towards the support of notch design in next generation of iPhones, that's why the apps running on those devices should be fully compatible. You can only do so from another device though, and only if that device doesn't run iOS. To be precise it is a character of the Telugu language, a Central-Southern Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people (from about 5% of the Indian population therefore).

This discovery comes after Apple found multiple software issues before the end of 2017. After this, you should be able to get back in there and delete the spooky Telugu character.

Meanwhile, Apple has confirmed that the bug has been fixed in the beta versions of iOS, tvOS, watchOS and macOS, according to iMore.

The bug was originally reported by Italian blog Mobile World - with many Apple users confirming the reports on social media.

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