Apple devices running the latest version of its mobile operating, iOS 11.2.5, as well as Macs, are at risk from the bug, which also disables access to iMessages. The issue occurs if an app receives a character in the Telugu language - cause messaging apps including iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp to crash.
A MALICIOUS "text bomb" is causing Apple devices to crash leaving users unable to access their messages.
Some apps like Telegram and Skype have not been affected by the latest bug. Last month, users discovered that when a single link would be sent over Messages to users, it would crash Apple's handset. "In this case, the entire Springboard will be blocked".
If the character is displayed within an application (WhatsApp, Twitter, etc.), the app in question will crash and will continue to close each time you try to start it. The bug also affects the macOS versions of both Messages and Safari. Apple has not released any information on when app updates will fall under the same requirements.
"This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience Augmented Reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app", Apple had said earlier.
However, it seems users may not have to deal with the problem for much longer. iOS 11.3's public beta reportedly does not contain this bug, suggesting Apple may already be aware of the issue.
But you'll be using this very modern expression which begins with a vowel if hackers use the ancient Indian language to crash your iPhone: 'OMFG!' Apple has responded just recently that it is now working on a fix for the bug for iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, confirming that the bug will cripple not just Apple smartphones, but nearly all of the company's other products as well.