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How to Fix Seeing Question Mark Boxes in iOS 11

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If you’ve been seeing some weird question mark boxes after upgrading to iOS 11.1, you’re not alone as Apple has now officially confirmed that an auto-correct bug is causing these boxes to appear in place of the letter “i”. According to Emojipedia, the bug inserts a broken string i.e. a letter “A” followed by a question mark in a box, when the user tries to type the letter “i” (see below).

Ios question mark box

Apple has also explained the issue in a new support document. Until Apple pushes a permanent fix, simply follow this workaround:

Step 1:

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.

Step 2:

Now Tap +.

Step 3:

For Phrase, type an upper-case “I”. For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i”.

The Wall Street Journal has now reported that Apple is confirming a fix will be available in this week’s public and developer beta releases.

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  • My 1/2 cents

    Usman must be very tired despite the extra hour of sleep. Or maybe he’s forgetting how to think?

    This quick correct option is not a solution. It’s only a Band-Aid treatment. There’s a difference and Apple says I’ll be providing an actual fix later on.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Where are all the fanboys defending Apple’s removal of the letter “i” from iOS 11? It’s old technology, just like the headphone jack.

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