Gross errors in messages, due to automatic corrections to the iOS virtual keyboard, could soon be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its recently published patents. The latter describes a system capable of informing the recipient of a message when the autocorrector has caused one or more changes in the message.
The process explained in the patent is relatively simple: it highlights all the words in a message that have been automatically corrected by the operating system. Currently, Apple does this only for the sender and only in certain circumstances, after using the dictation, iOS uses a blue underline to indicate the words on which it has doubts.
The rest of the time, the words are simply changed. When you combine that with the fact that most people do not re-read their messages after writing them, but rather after sending them, this sometimes gives rise to very hilarious misunderstandings…
Apple’s new invention therefore intends to solve the problem by essentially extending the current post-dictation model. When we receive a message, we will know which words have been changed, but we will not be able to see the original message. This does not completely resolve the problem in its entirety, but shows that the Cupertino company is interested in this problem.