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Can't type the letter 'i' in your iPhone? Apple has a suggestion

Can't type the letter 'i' in your iPhone? Apple has a suggestion

Apple says a fix for the flaw is coming in a "future software update" and has published a finicky workaround to tide over users being troubled by the issue.

We've seen a possibly related bug in Messages on macOS.

Frustrated users are taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the bug. While I'm not seeing it happen on my personal iPhone, my Twitter timeline has been riddled with different variants of this error - including some that feature an exclamation mark instead of an A - all weekend. Is it a Unicode bug, an iOS bug, or something else? Well, you got that straight.

It is not yet clear what is causing the bug and not everyone is affected.

"I had to turn off my auto correct which is super annoying", wrote another iPhone user on Apple's discussion forum. Specifically, the predictive keyboard feature - which provides recommendations for what the system believes will be typed next - is automatically inputting the letter "A" along with another Webdings-esque character when the letter "I" is intended. It's not like you have to operate on your phone. This update has resolved some security issues and fixed some bugs too, but has also started draining battery life which is quite frustrating for many users. Here's a temporary fix for the problem.

Again, it's not an ideal solution, but it'll work until Apple fixes the issue.

User @mcwm tweeted: 'I have a $1,150 [£877] telephone that can't read the letter "i"'. Then click the plus sign in the corner to add a new text replacement. Voila, you might have taken care of this headache faster than it takes to open the ibuprofen bottle. You'll be able to configure introductory pricing on your in-app purchase page in iTunes Connect soon.

Go to Settings, then General, then Keyboard, then Text Replacement. Type "I" into the "Phrase" box, and type "i" into the "Shortcut" box.