Apple releases patch to fix the Indian 'Telugu bug' on all platforms

The U.S technology giant pushed out fixes for the glitch on February 19, and they are now available for each of its operating systems: macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

The character is in Telugu, a language spoken in India, and because Apple devices are unable to process the character, the device is sent into a restart loop and eventually crashes.

The bug will only crash the entire iPhone if a notification card or banner containing the character pops up on the device.

"While iOS 11.3 fixes the problems, Apple said it is planning to release an iOS 11 update soon that will address the crashes before the iOS 11.3 release in the spring", tech website The Verge has reported late Thursday. If you are using an iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple TV or a Mac, then you should consider downloading the patch on your device immediately.

Apple promised a fix for the bug last week which has now been released. So, in quick Apple fashion, a small update is being rolled out today that fixes the issue for everyone around the globe ahead of time.

As reported by Forbes, the Cupertino-based tech firm confirmed a major bug in the iOS 11.2.5 update, in which the important apps such as Messages, WhatsApp, Gmail, Outlook for iOS, and Facebook Messenger can not be opened. Still, this was enough for many trolls and other pranksters out there to start tweeting out and messaging people with the character, just to mess with them and have their apps crash. If you're near your computer, you can simply connect your device to iTunes and download via the iTunes desktop app however, if you're going wire-free, simply follow the instructions below... Last month, there was a link that could freeze an iPhone.

iOS 11.2.5 has a major flaw caused by a Unicode symbol, which is a character that represents a text or a letter in another language.

When an Apple user receives a message with the virus text, the device being used will completely shut down. Rather, each successive beta release will fix a few more issues until the update is at a point that it can be released to the general public.

  • Fernando Stephens