An unexpected iOS release has fixed a bug which allowed pranksters to crash messaging apps.
(CCM) — Apple has rushed out an update to iOS which fixes the Telugu character bug that caused messaging apps to crash.
iOS 11.2.6 has been made available without a prior beta test release, suggesting that the bug was relatively simple to fix. The coding error first appeared in iOS 11.2.5, released in January 2018, and prior versions of the operating system are unaffected.
The bug takes affect when a user receives a specific Telugu character in a message, causing unresponsiveness from the messaging app. The only way to access iMessage after receiving the bug-causing character is if the user who sent the message sends another message and the recipient deletes the entire thread.
In addition to the Telugu character bug fix, iOS 11.2.6 "fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories," according to Apple's release notes.
Since iOS 11.2.6 is a minor release which has received little testing, no new features have been introduced into the operating system.
Apple is already testing iOS 11.3 with developers, and a final release is expected in the spring. New features in the release include a battery power management and health app, and the ability to store messages in iCloud.
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