iPhone autocorrecting the word ‘it’ to ‘I.T’ on iOS 11 and later

Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

At least a few hundred iPhone users and counting have complained about the word “it” autocorrecting to “I.T” on iOS 11 and later.

This is a bizarre new class of bugs. It started with autocorrect capitalizing the first letter of some words, even in The Middle of a sentence.

Then we saw a rash of autocorrects of the letter I to A[?], much to the amusement of Ohio State fans.

And now this. What’s going on here? Is this machine learning going awry? Is this the future of AI? Works most of the time, but every so often a robot goes insane and starts breaking things?

One problem with machine learning is that it creates evolving behavior, which creates a complex tree of possible behaviors, impossible to completely test.

That said, is that what’s going on here? Or is this something more mundane? It’d be good to actually know the cause of these issues. So far, mum’s the word.

  • Janak Parekh

    Getting machine learning-based spelling right is really hard, given that people may autocorrect wrongly (either intentionally or unintentionally). I hope Apple takes a step back and re-evaluates this “feature.”

  • Haven’t seen either of these bugs. Who has?

    • Mo

      James O’Keefe, maybe.

    • I’m seeing the weird capitalization thing. I didn’t think it was a bug but rather the autocorrect recalibrating to me after the update to a new OS. It happens enough to notice but not enough to annoy me, and after I choose the correct thing, it never seems to pop up again for that word. –shrug–

    • Meaux

      I see the weird capitalization and the A[?] one.

      • Tommy C

        You have an update waiting for you then, as the A[?] one was fixed.

        The only one i have gotten consistently from iOS 11 and still do is the random capitalizing of words in the middle of a sentence.