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macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Aug 14, 2008
I have a contact in my iPhone called "Robert Aitken" who I rarely, if ever, need to send SMS's to, but I have done on occasion.

My dad is also called Robert, and I text him often.

I was getting annoyed because as soon I started typing "Rob...", Robert Aitken was at the top of the list.

To solve this, I renamed Robert Aitken's first name in my contacts to "Bob" (since that's what he calls himself anyway).

However when I start a new SMS and type "Rob..." as the recipient, it STILL finds "Bob Aitken", despite the letters "Rob" not being associated at all with his contact entry.

Is the iPhone simply remembering my history, or is it a neat iOS trick that can associate shortened forms of names with their long form (Bob/Robert, etc)?


macrumors regular
Aug 11, 2012
I created a contact on my ipad called Thomas Test and tried writing a text to "Tom". He didn't show up. I'm guessing it's remembering your previous sent messages.


macrumors 65816
Apr 3, 2009
I think it is a bug.

After I've deleted a contact (and deleted all messages), the name still shows up when composing a new message. But if I tap on the name, only the number shows up in the message (the name dissappears).

Will report it to Apple ASAP.
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