What's up with Auto Correct nowadays?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Minimoose 360, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

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    Did I miss something? Did Apple alter it in an update? It's seriously been trolling me the past few weeks. It no longer helps me type, it actually hinders me. I'll spell words correctly, and it changes them to something else. It also seems like the hit box for canceling a change has gotten smaller. And it seems like my dictionary of custom phrases was erased...I use a lot of "inside joke" words, and it simply won't learn them anymore

    It's so ****ing annoying, I had to turn it off. Did I miss a big thing or is everyone else suffering?
     
  2. mikethebigo macrumors 68000

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    Same for me. It sometimes corrects properly spelled words to other words.
     
  3. romanhdz macrumors member

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    Auto-correct use to be amazing when the iPhone originally came out, but now it seems that Apple's made some changes that don't allow it to work as well as it did :/
     
  4. Minimoose 360 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Exactly. This should NOT be the case.
     
  5. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, it was trolling me today too. It keeps changing the name "Jerry" to "Kerry", so apparently my phone is a democrat. And it keeps changing the word "eating" to "dating", so it wants me to date my dinner. Not sure how thats going to work.
     
  6. stevemiller macrumors 65832

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    Dang! That Jerry to Kerry one is so weird. You can create a new note and type out Jerry and it immediately autocorrects to Kerry.

    However while typing this message in mobile safari it wasn't changing Jerry, even though autocorrect is definitely still running and making (helpful) changes.

    Why would autocorrect behave differently in different apps?
     
  7. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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  8. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with everything here. Apparently Apple has something against the word "so" because it is automatically corrected to "do" every time I type it. I reset the dictionary and the issue is still there.
     
  9. Ezmode macrumors newbie

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    When typing "Ricky Gervais" it gets autocorrected to "Ricky get AIDS"

    made for some unintentionally interesting conversation
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I am not sure if it got worse, or if it simply hasn't really gotten much better over the last 5 years. I have definitely used keyboards with autocorrect on other mobile OS's that do a far better job. It's a shame. iOS was the king of virtual keyboards for a long time.
     
  11. cynics macrumors G3

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    The thing I hate the most is when you spell a word wrong and it can't figure out what you are talking about. If you keep trying it will remember the wrong way then you are totally screwed. Why would it automatically remember incorrect spelling?!? Drives me nuts!
     
  12. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    yeah I noticed the other day that it kept autocorrecting "tan" to "tab"
     
  13. cyks macrumors 68020

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    If you keep spelling something that way, perhaps it thinks it's the name of someone you know, a business, an address, or even some new word or slang you choose to use with your friends. If you know it's a word you often misspell, go into the settings and force it to change to the proper spelling whenever you type it wrong.

    Auto Correct isn't perfect, but there's no reason to complain over things you can change.
     
  14. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    This.

    It's likely my imagination, but I remember typing on the 3GS was so much better. It may just be because iOS' keyboard was the best at the time, or I was a slower typer back then.

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    Another thing that drives me nuts is that the keyboard seems to always miss the last letter of a relatively long word, will know what word you mean, but still won't autocorrect to it. For example, when I type the word "instead" it'll miss the 'd' and come out as "instea" yet it won't autocorrect it, which is bizarre because if you tap on it, it'll actually suggest "instead."

    I wish it was smart enough to just realize that's the word I want. There are many other instances of this happening with other words.
     
  15. Leonard1818 macrumors 68020

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    i have a problem with autocorrect probably 2% of the time. the other 98% of the time it's awesome.
     
  16. AlexJaye macrumors regular

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    I had that same problem for weeks. Eventually I gave up and restored the phone & set it up as new. The problem seems to be gone... for now.

    Very, very, very obnoxious and annoying of autocorrect to correct "so" to "do" w/o any training, among the other things it was getting a-backwards.
     
  17. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    I agree with the OP, auto-correct is definitely less accurate than it used to be (I've had an iPhone since 2007). It often corrects words that are spelled correctly, though I can sometimes see how the one it corrects it to might be more common in general usage though.

    It doesn't seem to do a good job learning words anymore either, there's words that I correct every day and it still hasn't learned them. I've considered turning off auto-correct but I'd say it (just barely) helps more than it hinders, especially when I'm trying to write a text without really looking at the screen (while in class, walking, etc).
     
  18. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    I've always been a huge critic of the iOS keyboard. Ditto the Gingerbread keyboard, except ICS has made leaps and bounds since GB (I now consider stock ICS keyboard better than iOS').

    If anyone needs anymore proof as to how broken the iOS keyboard and auto correction are, they need only look as far as the slew of "Damn You iPhone Auto Correct" type websites that are floating around the web. There are tons of them.
     
  19. cynics macrumors G3

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    My point was it automatically doing this.

    Excuse my ignorance but how do I change a single word to force its proper setting. I know how to do it with Android but for the life of me I can't find the setting. I found reset keyboard dictionary....
     
  20. J Griz 757 macrumors regular

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    Haha wow, I'm glad it's not just me then, deff having the same **** going on.

    I feel like I'm waiting for a "you mad?" to start showing up on it's own sometimes.
     
  21. Sylon macrumors 68020

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    LMAO


    My favorite irritating thing Autocorrect does is change "hell" to "he'll" or when it changes a word I use on a regular basis to something I don't even know what the meaning is let alone ever used it.


    Oh, and capitalizing internet (ie: Internet). Why on earth does Apple do this? Sure its a pro-noun, but its in common usage to just say "internet".
     
  22. Minhimalism macrumors 65816

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    It constantly corrects my "Brb" to "Ben" and I'm getting really tired of that ****, haha.
     
  23. Prof. macrumors 601

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    I think the iPhone touchscreen itself has gone to hell. When i type, i press letters i know for sure i didn't press. Its super annoying. Typing on my first gen ipod touch was so much easier than thyping on my iPhone 4S.
     
  24. cyks macrumors 68020

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    Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add Shortcuts

    Yes, it's a step we shouldn't have to make- especially when the software is supposed to learn our words and writing habits, but adding shortcuts is an easy enough fix to force it to say what you want it to.
     

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