After reports of a text bug from an Indian language character causing iPhones to crash, Apple has swiftly released iOS 11.2.6, without a prior beta test, to address the issue.
The bug is caused by sending a specific Indian character Telegu to either an iPhone or iPad causing the device to crash immediately. This was discovered by software engineers at Aloha Browser.
As stated, the update was released mainly to fix the crash bug, but Apple also states that another new feature found in the operating system is “addressing issues connecting third-party apps to external accessories”. The update is also available to Apple’s other operating systems such as the watchOS, macOS and tvOS.
It should be noted that this is Apple’s third update in recent months, its latest being the release of iOS 11.2.5 at the end of January with the similar purpose of patching up a link that would freeze up the Messages app. Its predecessor, the iOS 11.2.2 came with security features “recommended for all users” and was launched in early January.
The update is only applicable to devices already using iOS 11. Go to Settings–>General–>Software Update to download the recent update.