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Apple's iPhone autocorrect issue mocked by Ohio State fans

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

Apple's iPhone autocorrect issue mocked by Ohio State fans

Really quite funny.

screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Last week, the iPhone X became the A[?]Phone X. Or something close to that. For many people who’d downloaded iOS 11.1, every time they tried to type an “I,” the phone would autocorrect[1] to an “A” followed by a unicode[2] question mark.

Apple announced[3] a software update to fix the bug.

However, at Saturday’s game between Ohio State and Michigan State, the Buckeyes just couldn’t resist a rather clever mockery. The crowd offered an O-H-I-O chant, accompanied by giant cards to spell out the word. However — oh, you got there already? — the “I” was replaced by “A[?]”.

I confess I don’t warm to Ohio State, as I find its coach, Urban Meyer, a touch A[?]rrA[?]tatA[?]ng. One cannot deny, however, that this stunt had an amusing quality and showed a fine awareness of contemporary technological issues. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ohio State trolling Apple ?

(@darrenrovell, @BleacherReport) pic.twitter.com/u7A563gi1i[4][5][6]

— Brian Havrilla (@brianhavrilla) November 11, 2017[7]

I worry, though, that the idea may not have been entirely original. You see, during ESPN’s “College Game Day” broadcast, a University of Miami fan offered[8] this pithy and, to my mind, understandable thought.

Happens to the best of us pic.twitter.com/vONRkpCYCR[9]

— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 11, 2017[10]

I fear now that Miami and Ohio State will both claim it was their idea first. This will lead to lawsuits from both sides.

It will soon become a long, drawn-out case, mirroring the current legal ping-pong[11] being played between Apple and Samsung. The two sides will appear before the same magistrate hearing the Apple-Samsung case, Judge Lucy Koh. She’ll tell them to settle it on the football field.

The resulting game will be presented exclusively on Apple Music.

And the winner will be MA[?]amA[?].

Does the Mac still matter?[12] Apple execs explain why the MacBook Pro was over four years in the making, and why we should care.

‘Alexa, be more human’[13]: Inside Amazon’s effort to make its voice assistant smarter, chattier and more like you.

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  1. ^ would autocorrect (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ unicode (www.w3schools.com)
  3. ^ announced (www.cnet.com)
  4. ^ @darrenrovell (twitter.com)
  5. ^ @BleacherReport (twitter.com)
  6. ^ pic.twitter.com/u7A563gi1i (t.co)
  7. ^ November 11, 2017 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ offered (twitter.com)
  9. ^ pic.twitter.com/vONRkpCYCR (t.co)
  10. ^ November 11, 2017 (twitter.com)
  11. ^ the current legal ping-pong (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ Does the Mac still matter? (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ ‘Alexa, be more human’ (www.cnet.com)
  14. ^ Tags (www.cnet.com)
  15. ^ Technically Incorrect (www.cnet.com)
  16. ^ Apple (www.cnet.com)
  17. ^ Phones (www.cnet.com)

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