Apple sends out iOS 11.2.6 to fix bug that caused Indian character to crash iPhone models

Apple rushed out iOS 11.2.6 today to repair a bug that caused iPhones around the world to crash. A specific character from the Indian Telugu language sent over iMessage, or placed in a text field, can force an iPhone to reboot. The character cannot be read by iPhone models running iOS 11.2.5, If your iPhone is using any other iOS build, you are already in the clear.

In a vacuum, this bug might have been no big deal. But once the word got out, you had your jokers send the character to others via iMessage and social media in the hope that it would crash the recipient's iPhone. Pushing out iOS 11.2.6 should help put an end to that.

The buzz around the water color was that Apple would wait until iOS 11.3 to fix the problem due to its obscure nature. However, Apple is taking care of this right now. To get the update installed on your phone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Besides fixing the problem with the Telugu character that caused it to crash iPhone models running iOS 11.2.5, today's update also fixes an issue that could cause third-party apps not to connect with external accessories.


source: Apple

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12 Comments

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

One of the very few reasons why I like Apple (but I do enjoy iOS. I like the product more than the company itself) and use an iPhone/iPad. Apple pushes out fixes quickly.

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yeah but on android you can customize your launcher

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don’t care about customizing launchers. I haven’t done it any of the Android phones that I currently own, and don’t plan to, either.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Yeah but with custom icon packs you can increase productivity.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22504; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can so that with apps or built in features as well. Still don’t care to use custom icon packs. Next.

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Real talk. Does anyone know how to fix this problem. Several of my friends had their phones crash and now they are bootlooping because of this.

16. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Yeah you restore it through itunes if it’s caught in a bootloop.

11. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Is this the same update that bricks phones? a lot of people got their phones bricked today but press in not saying anything about it becuase apple

15. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Just updated my iphone and ipad and it looks and feels a lot smoother then 11.2.5 and the battery seems a lot more stable.My iphone was on 100% for alomst 4 hours including the time it took to download and install the update and then some. I’m just so glad that i finally have a phone that i can relly on for battery life unlike my “old” galaxy s8.

17. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You forgot to mention your phone was plugged in for those 4 hours. Otherwise, no one believes you.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You might have made that believable if you had said it on used 3 or 4 % in 4 hours of download and install. Staying at a 100%, LMAO, right

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