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Apple might finally solve autocorrect fails

by Jacob Kleinman | April 29, 2016April 29, 2016 7:30 am PST

Autocorrect can be great if you’re firing off a quick message and don’t have time to spellcheck, but it often ends up doing more harm than good. Now it looks like Apple may have come up with an overdue fix for its infamous autocorrect fails.

A newly filed patent describes a system for tracking autocorrect changes and interacting with them. Essentially, it makes it a lot easier to see what words autocorrect changes and switch them back, even after your message was sent. It also adds a quick way to request clarification if you’re on the receiving end of a confusing autocorrect fail.

Each autocorrected word is underlined, similar to the way that spell check highlights your typing mistakes. From there you can tap on the word to see other possible choices, along with the option to resend your message or simply send a clarification. The recipient would also be able to see which words were autocorrected.

This might be enough to stop some autocorrect blunders, but it probably wouldn’t solve the problem completely. Plenty of people will still send off messages with mistakes in them, even if Apple makes an effort to highlight possible errors. Still, it’s nice to see the company at least try to fix the hilarious problem it helped create.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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