Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Apple bug crashed iPhones when you wrote 'Taiwan'

Its code to appease China was less than perfect.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
July 10, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Many tech companies have to write code to adapt to China's strict rules, including its denial of Taiwan's independent status. However, Apple's approach to it may have been... slightly buggy. Security researcher Patrick Wardle has reported that iOS 11.3 and earlier included a bug that would crash some users' devices whenever they wrote "Taiwan" or used the Taiwanese flag emoji, regardless of the app. While some aspects of the flaw remained mysterious to Wardle, he determined that certain language/region settings would return a "null" code, prompting the crash when referencing the island.

You may have noticed that we're referring to the bug in the past tense -- that's because it's thankfully been fixed as of iOS 11.4.1. And unlike some of Apple's past text-related bugs, it wasn't guaranteed to happen. You could even fix it yourself in an interim fashion by switching back and forth between China and another region. Still, it's not exactly the kind of bug you want to have -- especially not for people who have good reason to talk about Taiwan in regular conversation.

In this article: apple, china, gear, mobile, taiwan
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2020 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
The Arecibo Observatory's telescope has collapsed

The Arecibo Observatory's telescope has collapsed

View
The second-gen Eve V may take on the Surface Pro again in 2021

The second-gen Eve V may take on the Surface Pro again in 2021

View
The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest premium CPU for smartphones

The Snapdragon 888 is Qualcomm's latest premium CPU for smartphones

View
The best laptop deals we found for Cyber Monday

The best laptop deals we found for Cyber Monday

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr