Opening a message containing the character is enough to crash iOS Springboard, the system app which manages the device's home screen. You can ask a friend to send you another message and try to delete the thread containing the troublesome character. To fix the problem yourself, you somehow have to get into the app that crashed and remove the message with the character. Skype and Telegram do not seem to be affected.
Apple is working hard to fix a bug in its latest OS update that causes apps to crash when a particular letter from Telugu, a south Indian language, is displayed.
Apple confirmed that a bug is causing its devices to crash when a Telugu character is sent to the device or typed in text editor.
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In addition to iOS and macOS, the bug can also affect new versions of tvOS and watchOS. Over the period of time, the company did release several updates that handled several bugs and also contributed to enhancing device's performance. Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken by nearly 60 million people in the southern part of India.
"Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK", the instructions now read.
According to Axios, Apple is transforming its original software plans for this year to focus on addressing the performance and quality issues many users have been complaining about. At that point, users are unable to relaunch the apps. Anyone who uses Telegu (an Indian language) symbols in a text may trigger the bug and lock up their entire phone reports Business Insider.
A fix for the glitch is expected once Apple release iOS 11.3 which is expected sometime in the next few months. The bug is reportedly fixed in iOS 11.3 beta; however, that update may not arrive for some time.