Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Apple's iPhone 'i' glitch is driving texters insane

Apple's iPhone 'i' glitch is driving texters insane

Apple says a fix for the flaw is coming in a "future software update" and has published a finicky workaround to tide over users being troubled by the issue.

Those who updated their phones to the iOS 11 system were greeted with a bug - the letter "I" was automatically replaced with "A" with a symbol behind it.

Go to Settings, then General, then Keyboard, then Text Replacement. Here you can add the uppercase "I" in the Phrase field and lowercase "i" in the Shortcut field.

While these instructions may be over the top, users will likely have better success with disabling the predictive text auto-correct feature.

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Apple did not respond to TheWrap's request for comment on an expected fix for the problem, but did post a brief support note on the matter this weekend.

Though not all users have been affected by the bug, Apple are now working on a fix to address the issue, and suggest users workaround it with the Text Replacement feature.

We look forward to Apple issuing this updating and ending this chaos, and will let you know when it's safe to use the first person voice in your texts and tweets again.

Of course, you can see how frustrating this is for all users of the iPhone since the vowel is used in nearly every sentence.

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Autocorrect suggesting a change for "I".

The glitch arrived with iOS11.1, which was released last week, bringing with it hundreds of new emojis. "In Apple's latest software, typing the letter "i", when uppercased, changes weirdly into "A?" or "#?" on Apple's mobile devices.

"Also included in the update is the Love-You Gesture, designed after the "I love you" hand sign in American Sign Language".

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