New autocorrect bug plagues iPhone users

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iOS 11 keyboard
Oh no, not another autocorrect bug?
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A new autocorrect bug is plaguing iPhone and iPad users by changing the word “it” to “I.T.” The bug appears to affect a few hundred users for now and is impacting devices running iOS 11 or later.

iPhone users have taken to Twitter to complain about the annoying bug that makes it harder to type one of the most commonly used pronouns in the English language.

When typing the word “it” on affected devices, the QuickType suggestion box shows the word “I.T.” Then after pressing the space bar, the “I.T” replaces “it” even if the user didn’t tap on the predictive suggestion.

Here’s a video of the bug in action:

According to users that posted on Macrumors’ forums, the bug persists even if you reboot your iPhone. Apple recently released an iOS update to fix a similar bug that changed the letter “i” to the letter “a” and a strange symbol.

Apple hasn’t come out with a fix or even acknowledge the “it” autocorrect bug. If your device is affected, you can create a text replacement as a temporary fix. Go to Settings >> General >> Keyboard >> Text Replacement. Enter “it” in the fields for phrase and shortcut.

Via: MacRumors

  • EdRed

    “…even if the user didn’t tap on the predictive suggestion.”
    Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? If you type the desired word and then press space bar while the auto corrector is suggesting a different spelling, the word will be autocorrected to the suggestion. At least that has been my experience so far.