Today Apple fixed one of the strangest errors in code the company’s likely ever had to deal with. The newest version of iOS corrects the software’s autocorrection of the letter “i.” Autocorrect of the letter I in its lower-cased form became quite a significant sort of nonsense for users over the past week, as you can imagine, since most users aren’t too keen on making certain every I is capitalized.
The reason for this replacement likely has to do with the english language, and the fact that the letter I should never really be left alone. All by itself, the letter I in its lower-cased iteration is entirely useless outside the confines of the internet and text messaging. Outside this wild west of non-grammatical madness, the letter I is apparently more likely the letter A or an exclamation mark.
For some users – or perhaps all users, even those who never use a different version of I, the capital version of I was also being autocorrected. The same thing happened to the other I! It was just terrible.
RELIVE THE HORROR: iOS: the i Mishap
You can see how the mistake would be made. You’re trying to find the exclamation mark and you see the letter I, there, on your lower-cased keyboard (somehow), and you decide – hey, that looks like the exclamation mark, but upside-down. Let’s go for it! The replacement with the letter A… well… I can’t even.
After the update spreading across the earth this morning and afternoon, the lower-cased i should autocorrect to the upper-cased I forevermore. That is the way things should be. For everyone that wants the I to remain lower-cased, there’s always the settings trick. Head to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and replace I with i, if you dare.
This update to iOS – iOS 11.1.1, as it’s called – also fixes “an issue where Hey Siri stops working.” This issue must not have been extremely widespread, as not a whole lot of users seem to have complained about it, but now it’ll be squashed as well.