Auto correction or bug?

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  1. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, leaving 3.0 for a few minutes, I have an interesting problem.

    Whenever I try to type in my daughter's first name on the iPhone (regardless of the App) I can't. Rebekah becomes Rebelah. So I did it one character at a time and discovered that I can't do it correctly the first time through...ever. After I get the R-E-B-E in, I cannot select K. I can only select the L or the J. The only way I get the K is to select either the L or J and then immediately delete it.

    Try it yourself and see. Is this a bug or the product of the auto-correct? I thought the autocorrect was only supposed to fix things AFTER it's typed and not during.

    Help?
     
  2. daveishere macrumors 6502a

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    i'd say it wasn't a bug, its just that your daughters name isnt in the dictionary so the iPhone thinks it knows better than you. lol.
     
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  5. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It also does it on my wife's 2G. We aren't using a jailbroken phone. Just straight up factory software.
     
  6. ineedamac macrumors 6502

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    I tried this in the notes app and recieved the same response.

    iPhone 3G - 2.2.1
     
  7. Phil A. Moderator

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    There have been other instances of this strange behaviour, which is definitely a bug - auto-correction shouldn't stop you manually typing something in!

    On the plus side, it doesn't seem to do this on 3.0
     
  8. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's good to know. I know a lot of people are going to try and play with the new features on their 3.0. I was going to start with trying to spell my child's name.:)
     
  9. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

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    There are certain words that the autocorrective software won't let you type. I think 'genre' is one word but I just typed it so maybe that's changed in 3.0.

    The software knows that Rebekah doesn't exist and you've obviously forgotten your daughter's name. I hope Rebelah doesn't get you anything for Fathers Day.

    EDIT: Is her name spelt correctly in your contacts? If not, fix it and the phone will know you meant to type it in future
     
  10. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, is there a way to add words to the dictionary short of hacking into the OS?
     
  11. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    She's 13 months old. Her name is spelled correctly on the calendar
     
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    lol. +1.
     
  13. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

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    I don't think calender entries effect it. Either give her a phone or just make a blank entry for her in contacts. Or just wait for 3.0 which seems to fix it.
     
  14. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm hoping. Apple should at least give us a way to add entries to the dictionary.

    The only thing I don't get is I understand how the phone could be trying to spell "rebel", but the hell is a "rebej"?
     
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    So? My daughter had her own custom URL and e-mail by the time she was 2 months old!

    The least you can do for the poor girl is give her an address book entry!
     
  16. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know. I should be locked up for child abuse because she doesn't have a web presence.
     
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Seriously! She's falling behind!
     
  18. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, now. She knows how to turn the DVD player on and start her reading program. And she knows how to browse the pics on my iPhone.
     
  19. kolax macrumors G3

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    Try typing "Lexus" on your phone.

    There's a bunch of others that auto-correct even if you press the right letters.
     
  20. joro macrumors 68020

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    :D:D:D
     
  21. clearchaos macrumors regular

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    try typing "genre" the first time, with no mistakes.
     
  22. bobsentell thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The bug was fixed in 3.0. I can now spell my daughter's name.
     

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