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Apple promises fix for serious Telugu character bug

17 February, 2018, 01:18 | Author: Janis Wilson
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As first noted by Italian blog Mobile World, the bug occurs when a particular character from the Indian language (Telugu) is sent to a user. For example, The Verge recommends getting someone to send you an SMS so you can get back into iMessage through that notification and delete the thread containing the bad character from your conversations list.

The character in question is " జ్ఞ‌ా", which, if sent to another user, will prevent that user from opening apps such as Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Outlook for iOS, Gmail, and Twitter. If you reopen the app and the character is still there, it will crash the app again, so you'll need to use a different (non-iOS device) to access the messaging app and delete the message including the character. Telegram and Skype appear to be unaffected. In this case the entire SpringBoard may crash. The error itself is caused when the default San Francisco font across Apple devices tries to render the Telugu characters, Aloha browser said in a tweet. Of course, this notch is appearing on more Android smartphones now despite the initial backlash, and Apple isn't dropping it any time soon, telling developers that they must offer native iPhone X support with new apps. However, reports have surfaced of late that suggest Apple is concerned about the number of issues affecting iOS.

But Apple's now obliterated such theories with an overnight update to its app submission instructions that makes it plain the X is here to stay. Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken by nearly 60 million people in the southern part of India.

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Still, until that updated version is released - or, indeed, until Apple pushes out a patch before that point comes - it's a frustrating and potentially very disruptive issue.

A specific Telugu character is crashing iPhones worldwide.

These features were expected in the already released iOS 11 update but were reportedly delayed because Apple wanted to upgrade its own process of developing apps and the way they are introduced to the world.

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