Apple patent wants to end autocorrect fails

Apple patent wants to end autocorrect fails
Let's start out by saying the fact that this patent was accepted is absolutely absurd. This is full proof that the US Patent and Trademark Office has no idea what it's doing when it comes to technology patents and should just stop. That said, this certainly does show a feature that could be very useful for iPhone users, even if it would greatly reduce the number of amazing autocorrect fails we get on the interwebs.

The patent describes a process by which iOS would highlight a word that you've typed that had been autocorrected. Like many other systems will underline a misspelled word with a red line, this would place a blue line under a word that has been autocorrected. The idea is obvious -- it would theoretically bring more attention to autocorrections and maybe reduce the number of times autocorrect fails happen. 

Of course, in practice, it seems unlikely that such a system would really put a dent into all of the fun that we have with autocorrect fails. The main reason that autocorrect fails happen is because people send messages quickly without reviewing the text. Adding a blue line under a word doesn't seem like it would do much to fix that issue. 

We'll have to see when Apple actually introduces the feature though. 


source: USPTO via The Next Web

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18 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The whole autocorrected word would have to be highlighted, a simple blue line under the word isn't going to make the vast majority of people take a second look.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

did they really need to patent this tiny little feature? oh well, innovation...

3. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

It's a sue-happy world.

18. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Mostly Apple doing the suing though...

12. xperian

Posts: 416; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

To prevent others from copying

17. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

to prevent others from Suing you mean

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Auto correct fails has brought me much laughter. I hope they never solve this issue.

6. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Me too.

5. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Now sue everyone who uses autocorrect. Apple's way of turning bad quarter profits.

7. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Let us sue all our teachers, who taught us to 'autocorrect' our writings. God Apple had thought of it much before these mortal teachers.

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Just... wow...

9. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

One day, I mistakenly wrote Mr. and it was autocorrected to GF. What the hell.

10. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

So a variation on what the basic word suggestion that many keyboards on phones have had for a while?

11. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

A patent for autocorrect.........that's why we call it US of stupid! Apple shares got flushed down the toilet......they lost 40 billion of value, this should keep on going!

13. GoGoGalaxyNexus

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

This is nothing new, why they get a patent? You see this feature everywhere, even in your computer, Why now a patent? Simply stupid

15. TBomb

Posts: 1038; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm pretty sure my phone has this when you use the speech to text feature.

16. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Another ducking patent.

19. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Thanks Apple! Once again not only patenting a trivial feature in order to sue, but also destroying sharing. Google, MS and Facebook all are huge into open sourcing and publishing their research and innovations, which actually are true innovations but Apple is just acting evil again.

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