How to fix ‘hilarious’ iOS 11.1 keyboard bug
A QUIRKY bug in Apple's latest operating system has left customers pulling their hair out.
Those affected by the strange iOS 11.1 glitch have been forced to be a little less egocentric because their device inexplicably started auto-correcting the letter 'i' to an upper case 'a' and a '?'.
Apple released the iOS 11.1 update for its iPhone and iPad last week.
The word 'I' is actually the tenth most common word in the English language so having it removed from your repertoire when you're texting makes life a little difficult.
News website Quartz's technology reporter, Mike Murphy, was one of the first to voice his frustration over not being able to refer to himself in the first person.
"I have a $1150 [$A1495] telephone that can't read the letter 'i'," he wrote on Twitter, clearly seeing the funny side of things.
This is a hilarious iOS 11 bug pic.twitter.com/TXFXbvgaqO— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) November 6, 2017
I have a $1,150 telephone that can't read the letter i https://t.co/HF9Qqzysh2— Mike Murphy (@mcwm) November 6, 2017
Plenty of other Apple customers also took to social media to complain about the problem.
I️ paid @Apple too much money to not be able to see the letter “I” on my phone. My env2 could do that....— Mohn Jere (@MERElyInsane) November 5, 2017
Hey @Apple I’d like to type the singular letter “eye” without the letter A and this god forsaken question mark in a box replacing it— Kirbie (@kirbiejohnson) November 3, 2017
this autocorrect “i️” thing is becoming too much to handle. somebody better fix this before i’m on the front page of the news @Apple— . (@bigcontentguy) November 5, 2017
Finding out upgrading to iOS 11.1 was a bad idea. The "I" bug when typing a message is super annoying.— Brad Belstock (@BradBelstock) November 6, 2017
It's unclear how many users are affected but Apple admitted the bug is affecting keyboards on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that have been updated to the latest operating software.
The company has been quick to set up a dedicated support page for the issue, giving people a temporary work around.
"Here's what you can do to work around the issue until it's fixed in a future software update," Apple said.
Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. From there tap the + in the top right hand corner.
For the Phrase, type an upper-case 'I' and for the Shortcut type a lower-case 'i'. According to Apple, that should do the trick.
Alternatively, you could also turn off predictive text and/or autocorrect until Apple releases an update for iOS11.1.