March 21, 2018

Apple updates operating systems to fix app-crashing bug

20 February 2018, 08:28 | Ruben Fields

Apple updates operating systems to fix app-crashing bug

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The update, which weighs in at 41MB, also fixes an issue where some third-party apps failed to connect to external accessories.

Apple has rolled out updates across its major platforms after a bug pertaining to an Indian language character caused multiple apps and iPhones themselves to crash beyond easy redemption. The Messages app will than won't allow functioning properly until the offending character is removed by deleting the conversation with the person who sent it.

Since the issue also reportedly affected software like the App Store, Apple also included tvOS in its slew of mass updates.

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

According to reports, the vulnerability was discovered earlier this week and involves sending an Indian language character (in Telugu) to devices that crash an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp inaccessible.

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Previously, iOS 11.2.5 was launched nearly a month ago, fixing multiple bugs, adding support for the HomePod, and allowing Siri to read news articles out loud (the service is now available only in the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia).

iOS 11.2.6 has been made available without a prior beta test release, suggesting that the bug was relatively simple to fix.

Last month, senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi was reported to have told Apple engineers the company plans to adjust its software update strategy to put a greater emphasis on minimizing bugs and less of a focus on flashy new features. If you want to access the update, you have to go to the Settings - General - Software Update.

Like any other iOS update released after iOS 5, you can download this one over the air, of course. Users have noted that it somehow also applies to the macOS versions of Safari and Messages.

News of the bug made the rounds last week with videos showing how messaging a specific character could cause the iOS springboard to crash.

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