Why is iPhone autocorrecting 'I' and how to stop it?
Users are reporting difficulties typing the letter I with the new Apple software (Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

If you were one of the hundreds of people who queued up at Apple stores around the world last week ahead of the release of the flagship iPhone X then not being able to type ‘I’ on your new phone is going to be a bummer.

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There are reports from iPhone users across the world using Apple’s latest software iOS 11 that there is a problem with typing the letter ‘I’ on its own.

So either you only speak in the third person from now on, or you can team up with the other hundreds of Twitter users to @ Apple and harass them to fix the problem.

The iOS 11 software’s autocorrect feature seems to be the culprit as whenever users type out ‘I’ it changes it to an A and a boxed question mark.

Bizarrely, other users also report autocorrect changing their ‘I’ but to an exclamation mark with a question mark instead.

Many users reported the glitch after forking out £999 for the latest iPhone X when it was released on Friday, November 3.

Those who were plagued with problems went to Twitter to tell the technology giant Apple that their software was making them look like they didn’t know how to spell.

Apple has offered users a workaround to temporarily put the glitch at bay but has yet to release a full update to fix the problem.

What is happening is the bug in the software causes the letter ‘i’ to be replaced by an invisible character called Variation Selector 16.

This is a code which is used to produce emojis by merging two traditional characters except in this case it does not actually render an emoji but shows a capital A and a question mark in a box, or an exclamation mark and a question mark.

Here is the workaround that Apple has offered their users to deal with the problem in the meantime.

How to get your ‘i’ back if you are subject to the bug

You must set up a text replacement in order to fix the issue.

Go to your settings app on your iPhone, then scroll down to general.

Scroll down until you see the keyboard, in the keyboard section click on text replacement.

Then click on the plus icon in the top right corner.

Add the text replacement as follows: In the ‘Phrase’ box type an upper-case I for the ‘Shortcut’ box type in a lower-case ‘i’.

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