We all know very well that the tech giant released the tech iOS 11.4.1 this week simply to block USB accessories used in iPhones for invasion, as well as fix some bugs. One of them involves the censorship code that the tech giant Apple added to please the Chinese government. And now according to the latest reports, the censorship code that the tech giant Apple added to please the Chinese government is simply crashing iPhones.
Apple’s iOS Crashing Bug Is Due To ‘China-Friendly’ Code
The tech giant Apple released the iOS 11.4.1 this week to block USB accessories used in iPhones for invasion, as well as fix some bugs. One of them involves the censorship code that the tech giant Apple added to please the Chinese government.
Security researcher Patrick Wardle explains the case to Wired. The iPhone from a friend of his had a strange bug: every time appeared the emoji of Taiwan’s flag, the apps were locked instantly.
In the GIF below, the keyboard tries to suggest the symbol, but the app closes because of this. Location is set to “US”, but active languages include English and Mandarin.
After some investigation, Wardle discovered that there was an error in the code that censures Taiwan emoji. It is activated when the location is set to “China”, or when one of the active languages is Mandarin.
In extreme cases, iOS did not treat emoji as absent. Instead, it was interpreted as an invalid entry, which is worse: this made each app close or the entire iPhone get hang or stuck.
The researcher informed the tech giant Apple about the failure in June; it has been fixed in iOS 11.4.1. The company says only that “a denial of service problem has been solved with improvements in memory usage”.
Since 2017, iOS no longer displays the country flag if the location is set to “China”. The symbol does not appear on the emoji keypad, nor in the messages. As this censorship remains in force.
The iOS emoji keyboard doesn't show the 🇹🇼 Taiwan flag at all if the region is set to China. The character presents as a missing character (☒) when viewed on websites or in messages on a Chinese iPhone https://t.co/MZNsIrKmlN pic.twitter.com/2NaAiyytX4
— Emojipedia 📙 (@Emojipedia) March 28, 2018
Taiwan has been operating since 1945 as a sovereign nation: it has its own currency, a multiparty governance system, and a flag. However, China does not recognize its independence. However, the tech giant Apple has already made other concessions to continue operating in China.
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