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According to reports, the only way to open iMessage again is to get another friend to send a message, which then allows users to delete the affected thread.

A MALICIOUS "text bomb" is causing Apple devices to crash leaving users unable to access their messages. Telegram and Skype are immune, it seems.

In the last few years, many iOS bugs have been discovered - and fixed - where sending a particular text, image or video message would cause the Messages app to crash.

The iPad immediately crashed when the messages were received; iOS's notification bar failed to process them, forcing the whole system to stop and reload.

The report says that if the character is displayed within an application like WhatsApp, Twitter or even iMessage, the app in question crashes each time one tries to restart it.

Apple users have received a message with the character and to combat it will need to delete the Messages conversation with the person who sent the character.

The problem, however, is not limited to iOS apps. Now, instead of putting too much burden on the engineers to develop the annual update on time and cramp a bunch of features in a single update, Apple has planned to focus exclusively on the operating system of its iPhone and iPad series of devices for the next two years. Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken by nearly 60 million people in the southern part of India.

Apple promised to address the issue with an update before it rolls out a new version of its iOS this spring.

Apple is aware of the problem - as testing the issue in beta versions of iOS 11.3 did not have the same issue.

The character of the Telugu language, a Dravidian language spoken in India by about 70 million people, roughly five per cent of the country's population. The Italian blog added that the Telugu character bug also affects other Apple operating systems including macOS and watchOS.