- Last month Apple squashed the "chaiOS" crashing bug which caused the Messages app to break and freeze on iPhone, iPad and Mac devices which received a malicious link. Along with that, it fixes an issue where some third party apps could fail to connect to external accessories.
When the news broke, online pranksters and trolls started to spread the Telugu letter in text messages and across social media in an attempt to crash devices.
It was also reported that the bug affected software like the App Store, so the update also included tvOS. The other new releases containing the bug swatter are macOS 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, tvOS 11.2.6, and watchOS 4.2.3.
iOS, watchOS, and macOS are all afflicted by it, save for the latest beta version of iOS. Instead, the iOS 12 will be focusing on the improvement of the quality and performance of the software, such as targeting issues of the iPhone's slow responsiveness, security threats, and bugs.
With iOS 11 apparently plagued by numerous stability issues, a careful rethink of Apple's update deployment strategy seems to be in order. The Italian blog site Mobile World is the first to detect the bad character that has already brought inconvenience to a lot of users as of today. It's a 49.2 MB download that you install via the Watch app on your iPhone (in Watch Settings General Software Update). This was enough to crash a variety of chat apps, including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Twitter and Gmail.
In the release notes of iOS 11.2.6, Apple specified that the software update fixes the problem. The bug was later found to affect other Apple products such as the Apple Watch, Apple TV and all Apple computers running on macOS.
In some of the scenarios, if the character is viewed through an iOS notification, it can cause the entire device to crash.