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Apple says this is how you stop the “A” with a symbol bug

by Justin Herrick | November 6, 2017November 6, 2017 9:00 am PST

There’s something weird happening on iOS 11.1, which started rolling out just last week.

Owners of the iPhone and other Apple-made products are experiencing a very strange bug in which one letter is being converted into another letter with a symbol. If you type the letter “i,” your device may autocorrect to an “A” with a symbol. Fortunately you can still edit the mistake to insert an “i” properly.

It doesn’t seem that the bug surfaced immediately following iOS 11.1’s arrival. Many people have reported noticing the annoyance in the days following the software update. And it’s not affecting everyone. Some people can still type “i” on their devices without a problem. However, it is creating quite a scene on Twitter and Reddit.

Apple hasn’t issued a permanent fix through a software update, but the company did post a temporary solution. You can go into the keyboard settings and, under “Text Replacement,” add upper-case “I” as a phrase and lower-case “i” as a shortcut. That’ll ensure your device keeps “i” or “I” rather than replacing it with gibberish.

Please pass this along to everyone you know. Right now you have friends and family who just aren’t understanding what’s happening on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Just let them know how to fix the problem until Apple patches it up in the next update for iOS.

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