Apple Releases iOS 11.1.1 Update With Fix for 'A[?]' Autocorrect Bug

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  1. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    Ha, yeah, my wife too... she hates when technology and cars don't work, but thankfully she doesn't say it's my fault.

    I wish you smooth sailing.
  2. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    "The bug causes "i" to autocorrect to A[?]"

    lol... how annoying. I meant to type correctly, honest.
  3. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Apple has to send out updates on what seems like a weekly basis. What a mess!
  4. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    How to spot a Macrumors forum member:
    • They complain when Apple fixes bugs too slow
    • They complain when Apple fixes bugs too fast
    • They complain when Apple releases a new product
    • They complain when Apple takes too long to release a new product
    • They complain when Apple sues someone for patent infringement
    • They complain when Apple gets sued for patent infringement
    • They complain when Apple holds an event that doesn't have enough "WOW!"
    • They complain when Apple holds an event that has too much "WOW!" (Bozoma "Boz" Saint John anyone?)
    • They complain when be continued forever
    How to spot a Macrumors forum member:
    • They complain
  5. cjbryce macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2008
    Yes there was, but mine is an original Watch running watchOS4 - I assumed, possibly wrongly, that it required an active iPhone to do most things including iMessage.
  6. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2014
    It isn't, though. All you gotta do is confirm the prompt that it'll install the update at night. Then, the next morning, you type in your passcode. Done. You don't really lose any time (unless you never sleep).
  7. wesley96 macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    iOS 7.0 - September 18, 2013
    Went through 7.0 - 7.0.1 - 7.0.2 - 7.0.3 - 7.0.4 in 57 days.
    There were 7.0.5 and 7.0.6 releases after.
    7.x series went up to 7.1.2 (10 different versions).

    iOS 8.0 - September 17, 2014
    Went through 8.0 - 8.0.1 - 8.0.2 - 8.1 - 8.1.1 in 64 days.
    There were 8.1.2 and 8.1.3 releases after.
    8.2 came out in March 9, 2015.
    8.x series went up to 8.4.1 (11 different versions).

    iOS 9.0 - September 16, 2015
    Went through 9.0 - 9.0.1 - 9.0.2 - 9.1 in 35 days.
    There was no 9.1.1 (went straight to 9.2).
    9.2 came out in December 8, 2015.
    9.x series went up to 9.3.5 (12 different versions).

    iOS 10.0 - September 13, 2016
    Went through 10.0 - 10.0.1 - 10.0.2 - 10.0.3 - 10.1 - 10.1.1 in 48 days.
    10.2 came out in December 12, 2016.
    10.x series went up to 10.3.3 (12 different versions).

    iOS 11.0 - September 19, 2017
    Went through 11.0 - 11.0.1 - 11.0.2 - 11.0.3 - 11.1 - 11.1.1 in 51 days.
    11.2 should come out early December or late November, since it contains SiriKit for HomePod.

    It looks like iOS 11 is fairly par for the course, more or less. Small point releases have happened frequently before. x.2 release seems to be on target to be on a similar timeline as the previous two years.
  8. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2014
    Not to mention it being far more specific than vague, ominous "my battery life is poorer" claims.

    It's much easier to pin down "somehow, autocorrect has 'learnt' that I should be replaced by some weird characters" than "on certain devices, for probably myriad different reasons, battery life is worse, even though on similar devices, it is not".

    It doesn't make the claims invalid. It doesn't make the frustration invalid. It does, however, make the autocorrect a more actionable issue to fix. And so they have.
  9. A.J.Redfern macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Weird bug after updating to 11.1.1 on my iPad Pro 12.9 (2017). Shows a recent app space even though I have it turned off and there are no apps open (even in background) on my iPhone and  Watch for handoff. You can’t tap on it either, it’s just empty.

    Attached Files:

  10. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    And look at you now complaining about people complaining.
  11. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    This! It's as if some of them have nothing better to do, let alone use their Apple products and doing something productive.
  12. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    Actually its worse than the car analogy, because with Apple you never know if or when it will get fixed. You might just get stuck with your shiny new thing not performing correctly for months. Now this issue might have a timely fix, but 100s others don't. With Apple it is no longer "It just works", it is now "It just works as long as you are using the same functionality as 80% of the other users." If your using functionality that less than say 50% use, Apple's answer seems to me to be "Oh well, that functionality was just for marketing purposes, you don't really expect Apple to make it work, since its not used by everyone in the world."
  13. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    I'm glad they fixed that bug. I was wondering why I saw the A [?] displayed in both Twitter and Instagram a lot recently, while I never encountered this using Google Gboard....
  14. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2014
    You can't have it both ways. The original criticism was that Apple does release bugfix updates.

    Now you're criticizing the hypothetical where Apple does not.

    Yes, there are issues that will never get fixed, or take a long time to fix. But that's an entirely different discussion about software quality in general.

    You might. But where do you see this? What iPhone 8, 8 Plus, or X has had massive widespread issues that never went on to get fixed? I'm not aware of that.

    While there were some embarrassing issues such as the Calculator bug, most went on to get fixed within just a few weeks. Some will take a few weeks more. That's unfortunate, but it's not the end of the world.

    That's always been the case, no matter which software company. This mythical past Apple where software was sprinkled with unicorn-farted rainbows never existed. A lot of people on these forums seem to believe that Snow Leopard applies, but Snow Leopard was a release where logging into a guest account could wipe your entire user data, and where, in addition to eight minor updates, there was a supplemental update to an update, so it clearly doesn't apply as an example of stellar software quality.
  15. icehockey77 macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2011
    As someone who has done QA, how the hell do you miss that?
  16. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000


    Dec 7, 2014
    The autocorrect bug? You don't miss the "I" thing, because it was never in the code. Instead, it arose over time through machine learning, and has spread for the same reason. The underlying bug where autocorrect learns incorrect things is much harder for QA to notice.
  17. rmcmanemon macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2017
    The only problem with this "fix" is that it did not fix the problem. I still get the A or space with a symbol.
  18. Munchiemonster macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2012
    The new update doesn’t fix all these bugs I found. especially the 1+1+1=12 calculator glitch

    -When typing a search in Safari the period key is too close to the space key, and it’s annoying when you get periods where spaces were intended.

    -in Messages, when you briefly leave the messages app and go back to the conversation, the keyboard covers the last several messages forcing you to exit the conversation and go back into the conversation to be able to see the last message. This causes many messages to go unseen by the recipient.

    -in the Files app, selecting a file just closes the app. This makes the Files app completely useless.

    -when composing an email, there’s a glitch when attaching an image, scrolling through the images too fast crashes the app.

    -when I ask Siri what temperature the thermostat is set to, it responds in Fahrenheit though my phone is set to Celsius.

    -when I ask Siri for the distance to a place, it responds in Miles though my phone is set to Kilometers.

    -when using the calculator app, the animations slow down the input so much that it never gives the correct answer. 1+1+1 types at a rapid speed always results in 12, clearly incorrect.

    -when using Safari on a page that requires constant scrolling, it frequently reloads the page due to “a problem with the page”
  19. mdriftmeyer macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    It's like trying to explain to people what Modern Algebra is to Algebra: one finds themselves lost in their own explanations, never mind the complete confusion by the opposition.
  20. jkdsteve macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Never had the issue on my iPhoneX..updated anyway.
  21. Henk Poley, Nov 10, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017

    Henk Poley macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2008
    Is the update pulled? I've already downloaded the 11.1.1 OTA update, but now Settings > General > Software-update shows that I'm already up to date.

    Edit: after rebooting the iPhone, the update shows up again.
  22. thenightfly42 macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2005
    I just requested it, and it is downloading. So no, not pulled.
  23. Glee217 macrumors member


    Jun 20, 2016
    • It seems ios 11.1.1 still does not have the x button that deletes all new notifications.

      Older notifications have that x button on the top right when you swipe down from the top but new notifications dont have it. It is very tedious to delete these one by one by swipping left!!

    • So how can we notify Apple to fix this?
  24. Zzznorch macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2011
    I have been wondering the same thing since iOS 8. It seems that every major release has a slew of bugs that immediately require a .1 update. I used to religiously update the day of a major release but have gotten tired of being bitten by bugs. Personally I think the big problem is that Apple releases iOS when the calendar says to and not when it is ready. QC has definitely dropped over the last few years. I am still running 10.3.3 on my devices and will probably stick with it well into the new year. It took me until this past June to update from 9.3.5 to 10.3.2. I just do not trust new releases any longer to be an improvement in my device's performance. It is more like two steps forward and one step back with every update.
  25. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It seems like that's by design. But if you would like to provide your feedback about it, you can do so at

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