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The bug has been affecting iPhone, iPads, Macs and other devices running iOS 11.2.5, and involves a specific character from the Indian language of Telugu being sent to handsets.

Apple's iOS Springboard crashes the moment an iPhone user receives a message that includes the lethal Telugu character.

Typing or receiving a message that contains the letter causes apps such as Gmail, Instagram or WhatsApp to crash. The Verge found that all the major messaging apps were affected except Skype and Telegram.

A character-based bug on iOS was discovered that can disable messaging apps, and also crash your device. If someone sends you the symbol and iOS tries to show it in a notification, the entire system software that manages the Home will be blocked, as reported by Mobile World.

The report says that if the character is displayed within an application like WhatsApp, Twitter or even iMessage, the app in question crashes each time one tries to restart it.

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In addition to iOS and macOS, the bug can also affect new versions of tvOS and watchOS.

Italian blog MobileWorld first reported its existence, and The Verge noticed and tested the bug, which consists of partially or fully crashing an iPhone just by sending a message.

Telugu is spoken by tens of millions of people around the world, with most of the people who speak it living in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Although the iPhone X was launch merely months ago in November 2017, Apple has, in recent years, become extra aggressive in pushing developers when it comes to supporting its latest devices.

That suggests Apple is aware of the problem and will fix it once iOS 11.3 is released publicly.

This particular bug is fixed in the beta version of iOS 11.3, which is already publicly available, though the final release of the iOS isn't slated to happen until the spring.