Owners of iPhones and other Apple devices listen up! The latest software update for the company's technology contains a glitch which may crash your device.
The glitch allows people to send a "text bomb" which can cause apps including iMessage, WhatsApp, Gmail and Facebook Messenger, to crash or become unresponsive, The Independent reports.
The fault occurs when a specific character from the Telugu language, native to India, is typed or received into a text system, such as SMS or WhatsApp. This will stop certain apps working properly.
The problem affects iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch and Apple TV after the latest software updates have been installed.
What to do if you receive a message with the symbol
- Do not open the message.
- Delete the message or entire conversation.
- The easiest way to do this is by asking someone else to send a message to the app affected, which will allow you to go into the notification and delete the thread containing the bug.
If you get this message, DON'T open it: New iOS bug that displays an Indian character can crash iPhones and disable access to iMessages and WhatsApp #CyberSec- Eroshan (@EroshanSec) February 15, 2018
Mobile World noted that the reaction of iPhones is worse when the iOS tries to show the character in a notification.
Apple is aware of the problem and is working to fix the issue and beta versions of the upcoming iOS 11.3 have already had the glitch removed.
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