Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for Telugu Character Bug That Causes iOS Devices to Crash

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released iOS 11.2.6, the eleventh official update to the iOS 11 operating system. iOS 11.2.6 comes approximately one month after the launch of iOS 11.2.5, an update that introduced support for the HomePod, Control Center updates, Siri news, and a slew of bug fixes.

    The iOS 11.2.6 update can be downloaded for free on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings --> General --> Software Update.


    Apple released iOS 11.2.6 to address a bug that causes apps like Messages to crash on the iPhone and iPad due to an inability to render a specific character in the Indian language Telugu. When sent, received, or input into Messages, Safari, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and more, the Telugu character can cause the app to freeze up and become unresponsive.

    In Messages, for example, receiving the character can freeze up the entire Messages app on all of a person's Mac and iOS devices. The Messages app then refuses to function properly until the offending character is removed by deleting the conversation with the person who sent it. Apple's release notes are below:
    Apple fixed the bug in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, but those updates are still in beta testing and won't be released until the spring. Apple last week promised a minor update to fix the bug in the meantime.

    Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for Telugu Character Bug That Causes iOS Devices to Crash
  2. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  3. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Okay Apple, now release an additional update to macOS 10.13.3 in order to fix this and the APFS bug as well. I'm afraid we'll have to wait until spring for all this fixes coming in macOS 10.13.4

    EDIT: OMG They just released a complemental update for macOS 10.13.3! YAY!
    Unfortunately, APFS bug is not solved in this update, only the character bug.
  4. sualpine macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2013
    Why does this have to be an entire OS update? On Android this would be a quick Gboard and Messages update.
  5. alexe macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2014
    I don't understand how a character crashes an operating system
  6. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
  7. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I dunno, because that's how iOS is built? Nobody is making you update.
  8. iHeadPhoneJack macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2017
    Well, I have a feeling that someone will discover another character bug.
  9. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    So tired of the constant flow of updates. Taking my chances and skipping this one. I have a hunch me or my friends won't be using the Indian keyboard anytime soon.
  10. timborama macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Yes, Apple is making me. Every night at 8pm it alerts (annoys) me to update. And consumes my bandwidth and storage downloading the update without my permission.
  11. DotCom2 macrumors 68040

    Feb 22, 2009
    Starting to look like Microsoft, isn't it? ;)
  12. AngerDanger, Feb 19, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018

    AngerDanger macrumors 601


    Dec 9, 2008
  13. newtestleper macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2013
    You don’t see many people hoping for that to happen, but to each his own.
  14. kalakana macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2014
    Because this was the system level unicode font character rendering problem, not just Messages.
  15. SidricTheViking macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2014
    The trouble is that someone can send you a message with the characters in it (happened to someone I know). It could be mischievous or malicious. Either way, it will crash your app and, perhaps, your device! Better safe than sorry.
  16. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Well, different OSs work in different ways :rolleyes:
  17. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    So maybe 11.3 beta three tomorrow? Either way, downloading and installing now!
  18. dmnc macrumors 6502


    Sep 26, 2015
    Because the issue is in how the system renders text and not in the keyboard or messages app.
  19. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Apple turns around and fixes a bug in just a couple days and all Mac Rumors members can do is complain they didn't fix every other known and unknown bug too. :rolleyes:
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    There have been a ton of Twitter accounts, social media posts, and others spamming this to crash phones. It's even appeared in Google search results and AdWords ads.
  20. JMPATLANTA, Feb 19, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2018

    JMPATLANTA macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2011
    Why in the sam H3LL can't they at least release them on time (10am PT/1pm ET). They released this at 4:30pm ET. #$%^&*()_
  21. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    It doesn’t. It crashes some apps running on the operating system.
  22. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
    Let me aren't a software engineer and know nothing about coding?
  23. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Happy Presidents’ day!
    Many are not even working today
  24. Baymowe335 macrumors 601

    Oct 6, 2017
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    Why would you skip it? It's so easy to update it...stop acting so dramatic.

    People can also text you the character and if you don't update, serves you right.
  25. 0958400 Suspended

    Jul 20, 2011
    So true. It seems to get worse. At least the new Microsoft guy is making a lot of good changes (let's not talk about the latest Word-Update-hit-and-run).

    I guess they've just gotten too big and they can't uphold their style. If I were Cook I'd look at the management style of Microsoft these days.

    I just wish Steve or Forstall were back. (sigh)

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