New 'text bomb' bug causes Apple devices to crash

Go and grab iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and the macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update now.

The bug takes affect when a user receives a specific Telugu character in a message, causing unresponsiveness from the messaging app. To make things worse, it could even reportedly crash the entire iOS Springboard software that runs the home screen on devices.

Trolls were quick to exploit the insta-crash iOS bug, first reported by Italian blog Mobile World, adding the character in their Twitter names and spreading the "killer message" to timelines around the world.

To protect yourself, you can update your phone on Settings General Software Update.

The testing for Apple's upcoming update is in full swing, and many are wondering when we'll see the release of iOS 11.3 beta 3.

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As per the official iOS changelog, the iOS 11.2.6 update fixes the issue that was allowing certain character sequences to crash apps. A Telugu character in iOS' library was found to crash iPhones as well as several third-party social media apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger and iOS' native Messages app as well.

The Cupertino giant started rolling out iOS 11.2.6 Monday to iPhone and iPad devices.

iOS 11.2.6 is the eleventh update to the iOS 11. 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... You also need to keep your iPhone in close proximity to the Apple watch and a WiFi connection.

The company is also expected to roll out iOS 11.3 soon, which brings in new animoji and support for AR.

  • Delia Davidson