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Of a single character bug-crashes iPhones, Apple promises fix

File photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks on stage during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, USA 5 June 2017. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)

Apple’s iOS woes continue. And now there is a new problem that is wreaking havoc on iOS 11.

A new bug affecting iOS 11 has been discovered that will crash your iPhone and do not allow you access to a series of messages and e-mail apps, including Apple’s Messages, WhatsApp, Gmail, among other things, according to the Italian blog Mobile World, which previously reported about the bug.

The error seems to happen when someone sends an Indic language character in the affected iPhones, to The Edge, which also reported about the bug. As soon as the message is received, Apple ‘ s operating system crashes and you have no way of resurrecting your messaging apps. According to the report, you are only able to access to Messages when the person from whom the character delete, it is deleted from your conversation.

That, of course, could prove to be a problem. If the person sent you the sign, not as a joke, but in an attempt to determine the cause of your iPhone damage, the chances are, you’re not in a position to coax them to let you regain access to your Messages.

Interestingly, the bug only seems to affect iOS 11.2.5. The Point tried it on the public beta version of iOS 11.3 and found that the character does not cause a problem for that version. Apple told The verge that the release of an iOS update, version 11.3 (probably 11.2.6) to the problem quickly.

The bug is the latest in a series of problems Apple has faced in recent months as it tries to improve the stability of the mobile operating system. Back in November, for example, Apple ‘ s iOS 11 was affected by a bug that would convert the letter “i” in a string that looks like “A[?].” In the last month, users discovered that when a link would be sent through Messages to users, the crash of Apple’s phone. Another bug in December may cause iPhones to crash.

Apple’s Messaging app, only, has a long history of problems. In 2015, for example, a single text message can be sent to iPhone owners and wreak havoc on the handset. Another similar error was discovered in 2016 that would turn off Messages.

For its part, Apple has determined that many of these problesm. However, reports have surfaced of late that suggest that Apple is concerned about the number of issues that iOS. And in January, the company’s software chief Craig Federighi reportedly told his team that a number of new features planned for iOS-12 would be postponed until next year. Instead, Apple’s software this year will probably focus on stability and performance, according to Bloomberg.

Now that there are reports of yet another iOS error, that would be a good thing.

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