Apple has finally released iOS 11.2.6 after promising to roll out an update which fixes an annoying Telugu character bug that emerged last week. It’s also gone ahead and outed macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, tvOS 11.2.6, and watchOS 4.2.3 for the Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, respectively, to stop those platforms from going down as well.
To recap, a particular letter in the Telugu alphabet was triggering app crashes and iPhone meltdowns just by typing or receiving the character. Apple’s default Messages and third-party applications such as WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger could all become inaccessible after messing around with the symbol.
Plenty of pranksters have in fact been actively wreaking havoc on iPhone users who were caught unawares. Even receiving a notification with the Telugu character could lead to a complete collapse. Thankfully, all anyone has to do to prevent this is to upgrade to iOS 11.2.6 as soon as possible.
People can check if they’ve gotten iOS 11.2.6 on their iPhone by heading into Settings > General > Software Update. Other than resolving the Telugu character issue, the upgrade also fixes a problem where some third-party apps might fail to connect to external accessories.
This is just the latest incident of Apple beaming out an emergency update after a flaw got discovered. It was only a month ago that a link was found which could completely freeze an iPhone, while November 2017 saw the rise of the infamous ‘A[?]’ autocorrect bug.