$1,000 iPhones Can’t Type the Letter ‘i’

A bug in the iOS 11 operating system leaves the fancy new iPhone X unable to spell its own name unless users perform a workaround.

Screenshot: Twitter

You can’t spell iPhone without the letter ‘i’, but the new iPhone X can’t type the letter ‘i.’ Just before the pricey new iPhone X was launched on Friday — with a $999-$1,149 price tag that makes it the most expensive iPhone ever — many users on the “upgraded” iOS 11 operating system found that their iPhones and iPads autocorrected the letter “i” to some bizarre question mark in a box symbol.

The glitch, first reported by the blog MacRumors, does not only affect the new iPhone X. It’s a bug that’s affected some (but not all) users of many iPhone and iPad models who’ve downloaded the new iOS 11 operating system. But that operating system is automatically installed on the new iPhone, creating the hilarious irony that a $1,000 iPhone cannot even type the letter ‘i.’

For their part, Apple Support has suggested a workaround for the problem:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.
  2. Tap .
  3. For Phrase, type an upper-case “I”. For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i.”

Still, you do not buy a $1,000 phone and expect to have to perform manual fixes that Apple’s vaunted, megabucks executives and engineers couldn’t fix themselves.

Ars Technica reported Tuesday morning that Apple expects to release a patch that fixes the problem “sometime this week.” A search on Twitter shows that many iPhone and iPad users continue to encounter the letter ‘i’ glitch.

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