A number of users are reporting on Twitter that autocorrect is replacing the letter “i” with “A [?].” The issue started showing up last week after Apple pushed out its iOS 11.1 update, which added new emoji and a fix to the dangerous vulnerability found in the protocol of all modern Wi-Fi networks.
Reddit user TheCravin documented the issue on Reddit, noting how every time they type “i” it gets replaced by a random operator character like “A,” “#,” or “!” followed by the Unicode symbol [?].
Apple’s Twitter support page got bombarded with angry tweets over the weekend as users searched for answers.
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 “Baby Yoda Stan” Johnson (@kirbiejohnson) November 3, 2017
I️ paid @Apple too much money to not be able to see the letter “I” on my phone. My env2 could do that....— LeJohn James (@MERElyInsane) November 5, 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— big content guy (@bigcontentguy) November 5, 2017
Others took a more pragmatic approach, coming up with clever methods to bypass the problem.
This is the year we have to refer to me, myself and eye because Apple got rid of I️— Zachary Slater (@zacharyslater) November 4, 2017
Apple admitted the bug is affecting keyboards on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that have been updated to iOS 11.1, though not all devices are experiencing problems. We were unable to replicate the issue on an iPhone 8 Plus. It’s unclear how many users are affected, but the bug forced Apple to post a dedicated support page on its site that describes a workaround.
To temporarily fix the issue, follow this path: settings>general>keyboard>text replacement. Then tap the “+” key and type uppercase “I” for phrase and lowercase “i” for shortcut. You could also turn off predictive text and/or autocorrect and be forced to proofread again.
These fixes aren’t perfect but they’ll do the trick until Apple issues an update to A[?]OS 11.1.
Update 2:55pm CT, Nov. 9: Apple released iOS 11.1.1 on Thursday, fixing the embarrassing letter “i” problem. The update also fixes a problem where “Hey Siri” stops working.
If you’re not seeing the prompt, you can go to Settings>General> Software Update to manually update your iPhone.