Apple's China appeasement broke the iPhone

Apple's China appeasement broke the iPhone

Apple's China appeasement broke the iPhone

To his amusement, Wardle found that he could crash his friend's apps such as iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp consistently by sending her multiple Taiwanese flags.

He was initially skeptical, but was able to verify the claim and - by a somewhat tortuous process - work out what was causing it.

What we discovered is that iOS will reset the USB Restrictive Mode countdown timer even if one connects the iPhone to an untrusted USB accessory, one that has never been paired to the iPhone before (well, in fact the accessories do not require pairing at all).

A recently discovered iOS bug caused iPhones to crash after the word "Taiwan" was typed in. "Chinese iPhones won't display this flag and will instead show a missing character tofu".

Here's Apple's support page if you want more information on the new security feature.

When it came to iOS 11.3, security researcher Patrick Wardle noticed that this now led to an invalid input, as opposed to the previous missing input.

Mr Wardle informed Apple about the bug and helped the company to fix it, which Apple noted in a security update in June and fixed on Tuesday.

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After losing mainland China to communist forces in 1949, the Republic of China relocated to Taiwan. However, the Chinese government has long desired taking control over Taiwan.

Apple has reportedly catered to the Chinese government before, moving Chinese Apple users' data to servers within the country, as well as removing some VPNs from the App Store in China. While Apple hasn't commented on the case, this isn't the first time it has caved to China's requests. Wardle also privately reported the bug to Apple.

The software had allowed iOS users in China to skirt around the country's strict internet firewalls.

More than a third of British adults believe emojis are the reason for the deterioration in proper language usage, according to the study commissioned by the Google-owned site YouTube. But that's not the only feature that the company slipped into its latest incremental update.

Of the two thousand adults, aged 16 to 65, who were asked their views, 94 per cent reckoned English was in a state of decline, with 80 per cent citing youngsters as the worst offenders.

Furthermore, around three-quarters of adults rely on emoji to communicate, in addition to a dependence on predictive text and spell checking.

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