New Apple iOS 11 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

Apple iOS 11 is at it again. Following the release of iOS 11.1.1 earlier this month specifically to fix a bizarre typing bug, it turns out that its successor one week later only made things worse. And Apple has now confirmed this nasty surprise…

‘Great Secret Features’ and ‘Nasty Surprises’ are my regular columns investigating operating system updates for the best features / biggest problems hidden behind the headlines.

In short: iOS 11 is once again having trouble allowing users to type basic words and letters. After iOS 11.1.1 automatically turned ‘i’ into ‘A[?]’, MacRumors revealed hundreds of iPhone owners running iOS 11.1.2 cannot type ‘it’ or ‘is’ without them being turned into ‘I.T’ or ‘I.S’. Given how common both these words are, affected users are being driven crazy.

The good news is Apple support has taken the proactive stance of confirming the bug and offering affected users a temporary work around. As Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy‏ tweeted:

“Here’s what worked for me (from Apple): reset Keyboard Dictionary. To do this, navigate to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary. Reboot the device then test to see if the issue persist[s].”

Other users have confirmed receiving the same advice from Apple, but it is not working for everyone. Others have found instead an alternative fix by navigating to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement and entering ‘it’ as both the phrase and shortcut (and repeating the same process for ‘is’) has done the job – video below. But again it doesn’t work for everyone.

Of course a bug which makes a mess of your typing is perhaps not as serious as recent iOS 11 bugs which destroy your battery life or repeatedly crash your apps. But given iPhones are used as much for work as play, it’s certainly one which will cause the blood to boil when trying to type important messages to your boss or colleagues.

Given Apple has acknowledged the bug, which seems to be just the latest symptom of the company’s breakneck release schedule (iOS 11.1.2 was the seventh iOS 11 release in eight weeks), hope will be high for iOS 11.1.3 to arrive soon. That said I suspect a fix bundled into the bigger and impending iOS 11.2 release would make more sense. Hopefully this one can spell…

Gordon Kelly