Apple users are being urged to download an update to iOS that protects against a bug which can crash any iPhone or iPad.
Apple has released iOS 11.2.6 which includes a fix for the devastating ‘Telugu’ bug.
The bug, which was discovered last week, can send any iPhone, iPad or Mac into a restart loop, if the the device receives a simple text message containing a unique character.
The character is in Telugu, a language spoken in India, and because Apple devices are unable to process the character, the device is sent into a restart loop and eventually crashes.
Until now the only fix was for someone to send the affected device another ‘clean’ text message so that the restart loop is interrupted.
As well as iMessage, the same bug also affected other messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Twitter on iOS.
“iOS 11.2.6 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad, Apple said in its release notes.
“It fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash.
“It fixes an issues where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories.”
To install iOS 11.2.6 head to Settings > General > Software update