The iPhone Autocorrect Ducking Problem, Explained
Most iPhone users have experienced this before; you’re trying to emphasize just how teed off you are about something and rather than everyones favorite F word, the iPhone shows a D word instead; duck. Ducking duck. Why is autocorrected so ducked up?
If you’re wondering why the duck the iPhone is constantly ducking autocorrecting duck instead of duck with an F, then you might enjoy the video below from Wall Street Journal, where they explain how autocorrect works and interviews the creator of the original iPhone autocorrect feature, Ken Kocienda.
Ken explains how autocorrect works by queuing a broad dictionary as well as a user dictionary, and why some common errors happen. If you’re unfamiliar with how autocorrect functions, you may find the video to be informative, and it’s kind of fun even if you already know how it all functions.
And the guaranteed solution offered by WSJ to stop autocorrecting ducking duck? It’s actually this solution using Keyboard Shortcuts that we covered nearly a decade ago – yes, it still works. And so does the repetition trick from the same time frame! Some tips are just timeless, eh?
While the focus of the video is iPhone, the autocorrect feature is the same on iPhone as it is on iPad, and Mac for that matter, so you can learn a bit about autocorrect no matter what device you’re on.