iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS Updates Offer Fix for Telugu Character Bug

Posted in Apple TV, Apple Watch, iOS, macOS on 20/02/2018 by Chris Hauk


As expected, Apple on Monday released updates to iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS, which all contain a fix for the Telugu bug which crashes devices when an Indian language character is received in certain apps.

iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS Updates Offer Fix for Telugu Character Bug

The updates, iOS 11.2.6, macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, watchOS 4.2.3 and tvOS 11.2.6, were all release on Monday.

The updates fixes an issue where users who received a certain Telugu character in the Messages app, as well as other apps that accept text, including Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and others, would see the app freeze. The app would then be unable to function normally until the rogue character was deleted by deleting the conversation with the user that sent it.

Apple acknowledged the issue and announced beta versions of iOS 11.3 and macOS 13.13.4 fixed the problem. The Cupertino firm promised patches to fix the problem as soon as possible. Monday’s updates contained the promised fixes.

Monday’s iOS update also contained a fix for a bug that caused some third-party apps to be unable to connect to external accessories.

The iOS 11.2.6 update can be downloaded and installed by going to “Settings” -> “General” -> “Software Update.” The macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 update can be installed via the “Update” tab in the Mac App Store. watchOS 4.2.3 can be installed on the Apple Watch by going to the “Watch” app on your iPhone, and tapping “General” -> “Software Update.” tvOS 11.2.6 can be installed on your Apple TV by going into “Settings” -> “System” -> “Software Updates” -> “Update Software.”


Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 9 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, a number of iPads, iPhones, and multiple Apple TVs to his collection.

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