A Telugu character is causing problems for iOS, macOS and watchOS. When a text is received, and is displayed as a notification, it causes the app to crash and there is a possibility of bricklaying the device causing a bootloop error.
A new bug has been discovered on iOS that affects most Apple devices. It has been reported that the recurring force can cause apps to crash. Pasting Telugu characters in any textfield, label or textview has the potential to freeze, reboot the device and cause a bootloop error. According to a report from MobileWorld, the bug is not isolated from iOS and it also affects watchOS, macOS. However, it severely affects iPhones because if the Telugu character is adopted by an iPhone or even enters a text field, it can crash messages and even third party apps like Twitter, WhatsApp and others. Apple has already told Engadget, which is aware of the issue, that they are working to fix it, which will be released before iOS 11.3. The company has confirmed that it is working on similar patches for watchOS and macOS.
According to reports, if the Telugu symbol is displayed in a notification by an iPhone, it can also crash the springboard, which handles the home screen of an iPhone and many other major functions. Also, if the device is restarted while rebooting Springboard, it may cause a bootloop error which can only be resolved by reinstalling the OS in Device Firmware Update (DFU) mode. The latest public beta version of iOS 11.3 has not been affected by the bug, and according to its bug report filing, Apple already knows about the problem. We did not show the Telugu character here because it could be used for malicious purposes.
This is not the first unusual bug to affect iOS. The operating system has recently been plagued by a ‘chaiOS’ bug, which will crash the messaging app and even reboot the iPhone. Apple soon released a patch to fix the problem. Also, the full source code for iOS 9 was recently leaked online, and Apple code was removed immediately after sending a DMCA notice to host GitHub. You can read more about it here.