“I” is one of the most common words in the English language. But for some iPhone users, it’s impossible to type. According to MacRumors, a bug in Apple’s iOS 11 has messed with the predictive text function on some iPhones. The result is that when users type “I,” they instead get “A” followed by a question mark inside a box or a symbol of a bunch of black bars. Mashable notes some of its employees had the same issue when typing “U” and “O.” This apparently occurs across Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and even on some Macs via iMessage, likely due to iCloud synchronization, per the Guardian.
After discovering the glitch, Chelsea Hassler at PopSugar says she “spent a solid three minutes laughing hysterically and texting it to friends,” but the novelty soon wore off. Until a more permanent fix is offered, Apple suggests users create a short-cut replacement so whenever someone types “I,” it becomes “i” (instructions are here), which is better than gobbledygook. You can also install a third-party keyboard or turn off the predictive text feature. Unfortunately, this glitch isn’t the only one iOS 11 users have noticed. As Quartzreports, the Calculator app may not give accurate answers when numbers are added together in quick succession. Apple’s watchOS 4 also caused crashes when asked about the weather around daylight saving time, per the Guardian.