How to Fix the iOS 11.1 Glitch That Won't Let You Type the Letter 'i'

Apple offered a workaround until it's able to provide a fix in a future software update.
How to Fix the iOS 11.1 Glitch That Won't Let You Type the Letter 'i'
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Are you having problems with your iOS keyboard after downloading iOS 11.1? You're not alone.

A strange bug affecting some devices running iOS 11.1 prevents people from typing the letter "i." Reddit user TheCravin reported the problem over the weekend, noting that when some people try to type the letter "i" on a device running the public version of iOS 11.1, the keyboard suggests a different character like the "A," "#" or "!," followed by the "the Unicode character for 'Hey I can't read this'" -- a box with a question mark.

"I thought that was weird, but then I saw a tweet where someone clearly tried to type 'I,' and it instead showed the 'A' operator and then the question mark character," TheCravin wrote. "When I tried to copy and paste the content of the tweet, my paste fixed it and just showed the letter 'I.'"

Several users chimed in on that thread and on Twitter saying they, too, were experiencing the issue.

In a support note, Apple confirmed that some iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices running the latest version of its mobile operating system are autocorrecting the letter "i" to the letter "A" with a symbol. It offered a workaround until it's able to provide a fix in a future software update.

  • Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
  • Tap .
  • For Phrase, type an upper-case "I." For Shortcut, type a lower-case "i."

Apple's iOS 11.1, released on Tuesday, also includes more than 70 new emoji, including fairies, mermaids, a t-rex, a person meditating, a zebra, giraffe, hedgehog, cricket and more.

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