Over the past several days social media has exploded over the issue with the peculiar bug when you type in the letter “i” and you get a weird string of text showing as “A ⍰.”
Apple really needs to fix this bug that’s turning the letter”I” into some weird symbols. It’s getting super annoying
— Sully➡️ Spring Gathering (@bigsullyt) November 5, 2017
The reason, according to Jeremy Burge at emojipedia, is this:
What’s really going on is that the letter “I” is being appended with an invisible character known as Variation Selector 16 when auto-correct kicks in to replace the lowercase “i”.
This VS-16 character is intended to be used to make the previous character have emoji appearance. When used in conjunction with the letter “I” it displays in some apps as “A ⍰”.
The correct [behavior] should be to ignore the invisible variation selector if the previous character doesn’t have an emoji version.
There is a fix you can do today to stop your phone from doing this. According to Apple’s support page they want you to create a text replacement.
Here’s what you can do to work around the issue until it’s fixed in a future software update:
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
- For Phrase, type an upper-case “I”. For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i.”
This seems to be a temporary fix until the next iOS update, most likely 11.2. According to a number of sources like The Wall Street Journal, Complex, and AppleInsider Apple is working on a permanent fix for this in the 11.2 betas.
So there are options to fix this today but they are only temporary until iOS 11.2 is released. The 2nd beta came out today, so it is being worked on.
We can only hope it comes out soon.