iOS 11 bug prevents some users from typing the word "I"

While some people are complaining that their Apple Watches are crashing upon asking Siri about the weather, a new bug discovered in iOS 11, or rather Apple's cloud-based predictive text system, is preventing iPhone users running the latest iteration of iOS from typing the word "I".

The strange bug causes the English first-person pronoun to appear as the letter "A", accompanied by a weird unicode character, when typed in a text field. The unicode character either appears as an unidentified "[?]" next to the letter "A", or as five horizontal bars stacked on top of each other, depending on the app that's being used.

The issue is reportedly affecting iPhone users running iOS 10 and iOS 11, as well as Mac users, since it has to do with Apple's cross-platform predictive text system. Basic troubleshooting, such as resetting the user's personalized keyboard dictionary or restarting the device does not fix the issue, Reddit users report.

According to MacRumors, Apple Support staff proposes a temporary workaround, which involves the "Text Replacement" setting. If you are affected by the bug, you can go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement, and replace all uses of a capital "I" with a lowercase "i".



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

iOS 11 seems more buggy than Windows 10 Mobile initial builds... Now that's something, innit?

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No wonder they release iOS update every now and then..

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's why I update only after .3 comes out, it's a tradition on iOS that first builds have crippled performance and battery life, but .3 versions are always amazing. Waiting patiently on great 10.3.1

2. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

If only Steve Jobs could see where Apple is now, Smh.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

I know what your saying in the context of the article but if he saw Appe now hed smile because they are near a trillion dollars in market cap lol

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


4. Whitedot

Posts: 866; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Some copyright issues? What did they invented this time?

7. Mikele

Posts: 185; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Absolutely nothing but useless Animoji. I'm a iOS super user with my 6s Plus!!

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I could be critical of this issue, especially as it's widespread, but it can be fixed with a software update, whereas my Pixel 2 is going to have to get replaced as it's crashing 50% of the time I try recording a video longer than 5 minutes... It's not an issue like Apple's that's widespread, but Google is having a horrible time with quality control and it's not as simple to fix as there's such a wide range of issues... Right now all phones are sucking.

14. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I for one think that right now Sony's are great choice

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've never heard of any issues with Sony devices... but at the same time, I've never found them very interesting. Hell, it could just be because of the form factor, I'm not sure, I've just never really taken them as a serious option for a smartphone. ... Though I am on Google Fi so as of right now, they're not even an option.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's the thing for me that I no longer really need an interesting smartphone, in my opinion none of the new smartphones are really interesting anyway. Also I don't need 6" "bezel-less" Samsung, iPhone or LG which is uncomfortable to use and impossible to use one handed and will break on first contact with floor and cost me another 200$ to repair. I'm long time iPhone user but what Apple is doing now is not appealing to me at all and I like the direction Sony took the most, not mindless copying "features" like removing headphone jack, highest resolution screens, and couple others. I really appreciate great camera, SD slot, waterproofing, big battery, almost stock software with great support and with XZ1C compact dimensions. It sounds to me like a complete package that no other phone right now can deliver, but I get that people like flashy features like Animoji, or recognizing songs offline. I don't like or need them

18. Peacetoall unregistered

Its like flagship are getting inferior and mid range are becoming superior.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

For real. I've communicated to Google's support team indicating that I've completed all troubleshooting steps including a full OS reset, and it's still a persistent issue. If it happens with the replacement phone they send me, I'm going to be forced to go with the Moto X4. It's been getting good reviews thus far, though I've only seen a couple of them. It's just going to suck because Google's "Now playing" feature on the Pixel 2 really is something magical for something as simple as it is, and the photos are really great.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I use a third party keyboard so I would have never noticed this.

9. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Next iOS 11 update will display only letter "L" no matter what users type.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I remember that in his 8.0.1

12. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Nah, can't be. /s :)))

16. Khyron

Posts: 400; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Damn broadcom offered 130b For Qualcomm This is a huge amount of Money

21. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

On my SE I use GBoard so luckily not an issue.

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