The autocorrect feature, which works to fix touchscreen typos, is arguably one of the most useful additions on modern smartphones.
However, despite its good intentions, it can often go wrong and lead to a great deal embarrassment for horrified users.
Sometimes it autocorrects words that did not need to be corrected at all and replaces them with something that gives a whole new meaning to what would otherwise be an innocent message.
Maybe you’re familiar with autocorrect fails?
Perhaps autocorrect helped you to tell a friend you were “horny” when you really wanted to tell them you were “hungry”?
Or perhaps something far worse?
Well it seems that Apple wants to end all this embarrassment and drastically improvement the autocorrect feature, making it easier to use and more capable when it comes to correcting typos.
According to a new patent filed last Thursday, which was first reported by Apple Insider, the Cupertino based company says it plans to create a way of highlighting which words have been corrected so that recipients of the message would be able to see which words had been changed.
If autocorrect had incorrectly changed a word, the recipient would then be able to click on the highlighted text and see what had originally been typed, as well as offering them a list of other words may be suitable, the patent reads.
In the patent, Apple uses the example of someone sending a message about a meeting over lunch.
The message reads: “It was moved to tomorrow at 11. Being lunch.”
While not all that embarrassing, the text is still incorrect. In the example, Apple shows that the recipient would be able to see that the sender had typed “bing” but would also be shown a list of words that the sender probably meant to type such as “bring” or “boring”.
It is worth noting that tech companies file hundreds, sometimes thousands of patents each year, many of which never see the light of day, so there is no guarantee that this new autocorrect feature will make it onto the iPhone any time soon.
In June, Apple will be holding its Worldwide Developers conference where it is expected to unveil iOS 10, the latest version of its mobile operating system.
Jonathan is our Google Nexus and Android enthusiast. He is also fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to writing about tech, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has previously written for one the UK’s leading watch and horology websites.