Apple Releases iOS 11.2.6 With Fix for ‘Telugu’ Character Bug [Updated]

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Earlier this month, a new software bug surfaced. This one, called “Telugu” was linked to a specific character being sent to an iOS device at first, but it was quickly revealed it also impacted macOS and watchOS devices, too.

The bug could cause some major issues for devices where it was received or inputted, including forcing multiple resprings of apps, and even causing some devices to crash. It didn’t take long for Apple to confirm that it would be releasing a minor iOS update, which would be primarily meant to fix the Telugu character bug.

That day has arrived, as today Apple has officially released iOS 11.2.6 to the public. As promised, the new software is a minor update, and does not include any major forward-facing new additions to the platform. It does, however, bring with it a patch to address the Telugu character bug.

To update to iOS 11.2.6, iOS device owners on supported hardware simply need to head into the Settings app –> General — Software Update and then follow the onscreen instructions from there.

Here is the changelog, per Apple:

“iOS 11.2.6 includes bug fixes for your iPhone or iPad. This update:

  • Fixes an issue where using certain character sequences could cause apps to crash
  • Fixes an issue where some third-party apps could fail to connect to external accessories”

iOS 11.2.6 is available now. Let us know how it goes in the comments.


You can install the iOS 11.2.6 update wirelessly, but if you’re not getting the OTA update then you can check our post for the direct links to download iOS 11.2.6 firmware (IPSW) files for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch so that you can update it manually using iTunes.