Indian Government Could Take Legal Action Against Apple for Failing to Help with “Do-Not-Disturb” App

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The government of India has toughened its stance on Apple after negotiations between the two parties for a government approved do-not-disturb app fell through. While Apple was reluctant initially, the company came up with a compromise after mounting pressure from the government. Continue reading
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Top Indian Distributors to Soon Start Selling Refurbished iPhones in the Country

Apple has been unsuccessfully trying to convince the Indian government of allowing it to sell refurbished iPhones in the country. Now, it looks like major smartphone distributors of India like Ingram Micro and HCL are going to help Apple fulfill its plan here. Continue reading
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Indian tablet Shipments decline by 11% in 2017, Lenovo leads with 26.1% share: IDC

Indian tablet market has yet again seen a dip by 11% in 2017, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. A total of 717 thousand tablets were shipped in India with a 32% sequential decline in 2017, which is more or less similar YoY.  After a huge spike in Q3 2017 and completion of the Gujarat State government tablets deal, the commercial segment declined by 35% in Q4 2017. However, it is 75% growth compared to the same quarter last year. When we account for the entire year 2017, the Indian tablet market witnessed a total shipment of 3.2 million units which is a decline of 11% from 3.6 million units shipped in 2016. The strong demand from commercial segment has marginalized the overall decline to an early double-digit number. However, the consumer segment witnessed a consecutive decline for the second straight year. However, the slate market continues to dominate the Indian market with 96% of the tablet shipments, while the detachable market share remains limited to 4% in 2017. The 7-inch segment saw a 22% annual decline, though it has remained a dominating segment in 2017. Lenovo continues to lead the Indian tablet market with 26.1% market share as its shipment …
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iOS 11.2.6 starts rolling out, contains fix for Indian language character bug

Apple has started rolling out a new iOS update that bumps the version to 11.2.6. The new version contains fix for a recently discovered bug which allowed users to send a specific Indian language (Telugu) character to another iPhone resulting in app as well as device crash. iOS 11.2.6 fixes the Indian character bug pic.twitter.com/ZCrYNVAu49— Mat’ (@matteyeux) February 19, 2018 Apple had promised a minor update to fix the aforementioned bug, and with iOS 11.2.6, the company has fulfilled the promise. Moving on, the release notes for the update reveal another change: fix for an issue…

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Google’s Indian mobile wallet can pay bills in a few taps

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Apple issues iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS updates with fix for Indian character bug

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As promised, Apple on Monday released revisions to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS with a fix for a bug that crashes devices running earlier operating system iterations when an Indian language character is received by certain messaging apps.
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Indian Character Bug Causing System Crashes is Fixed in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4

A recently discovered bug that causes app and system crashing on iPhone, iPad, and Mac due to a specific letter in the Indian language Telugu has been fixed in Apple’s upcoming iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 software updates.


MacRumors has not been able to reproduce any crashes, freezes, or resprings on any devices running the latest iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 betas when the particular letter is present anywhere across the systems, as the upcoming software versions can now display the affected character properly.

On earlier software versions, including the latest publicly released versions iOS 11.2.5 and macOS 10.13.3, it appears that Apple devices are unable to render the Indian character for some reason, causing apps or the entire system to abruptly crash depending on where it is trying to be displayed.

If the character is sent in an iMessage, for example, the recipient’s Messages app will crash when the conversation is opened. Likewise, if the character is pasted into the Safari or Chrome address bar on Mac, the browsers crash. This behavior extends to virtually any system text field on iOS and macOS, resulting in many third-party apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger being affected as well.

Even worse, some users have found that if the character is displayed in an iOS notification, it can cause an entire iPhone or iPad to respring, and in worst-case scenarios, restoring in DFU mode is the only possible solution.

If you’ve already received the letter and can no longer open Messages, try having a friend message you, which may allow you to regain access to the app and delete the conversation with the bad character. If not, consider enrolling in Apple’s free public beta program and upgrade to iOS 11.3 or macOS 10.13.4 beta.

MacRumors was alerted about this bug by developer Peter Steinberger on Monday, and it was submitted to Open Radar by developer Igor Bulyga on the same day. We elected not to report on the bug at the time to avoid contributing to its spread, since it can be used maliciously and a fix will be widely available soon.

The bug has received widespread attention today, so we wanted to acknowledge that Apple is aware of the issue and has implemented a fix. iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 should be publicly released by the end of March, but it’s very possible we’ll see minor updates pushed out with fixes in the near term.

These kinds of bugs have surfaced several times in the past, with text strings, videos, and more crashing the Messages app and causing other glitches. Just last month, a link to a GitHub page surfaced that froze the Messages app when received.

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New iOS bug discovered that can crash iPhones and Messages app with an Indian character

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Apple has had a handful of serious iOS bugs pop up in recent months, and today another one has surfaced.

It’s been discovered that a character from the Indian language Telugu can cause iOS’s Springboard to crash when sent in a message. The Messages app will just crash over and over when you try to load the app back up, and so to get your Messages app working again you’ll have to wait until you get another message and then try to delete the bad thread.

The issue is present in iOS 11.2.5, but has been fixed in the iOS 11.3 beta release. The good news is that Apple won’t make us wait until iOS 11.3’s spring release for a fix, as it plans to push an update to correct the problem before the full iOS 11.3 update.

Another detail worth noting is that Apple’s Messages app isn’t the only one affected by this bug. Third-party apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp also have issues with the bug.

Interestingly, this is the second text-related bug that has caused iOS to crash that we’ve seen lately, with a bug called “chaiOS” affecting devices almost exactly one month ago. All of these bugs are certainly frustrating for iOS users, especially because Apple has been known for having solid software in the past. Recent rumors have said that Apple plans to focus more on ensuring the quality of iOS updates in 2018 rather than just cramming them full of new features, and given all of the recent bugs that’ve been found lately, we can only hope that that rumor is true.

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