Notes app censors handwritten curse words in iOS 13

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Keep your dirty words out of the Notes app.
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iOS 13 is cracking down on potty mouths. Apple’s built-in Notes app automatically censors handwritten curse words. However, it seems words considered to be less offensive are ignored.

There are a ton of improvements big and small in iOS 13. So many, in fact, that we’re still uncovering new ones after the official launch of iOS 13.

This discovery, which surfaced on the iOSBeta subreddit, is automatic curse word censoring in the Notes app.

Notes will clean up your dirty writing

If you handwrite curse words inside Notes, they could be censored when the app suggests a title for you. Reddit user _l_e_X_ stumbled across this after writing a note that contained the word “f*cking.”

The same happens when you write “f*ck,” “sh*t” and other words that aren’t PG-13. But Notes will ignore less offensive curses like “ass.”

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But why though?
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It’s not clear why Apple has decided to start censoring handwritten curses. After all, if you don’t mind writing them, you probably don’t have an issue with reading them.

We know the company likes to maintain a family-friendly image, but this Notes “improvement” seems a little pointless.