Apple Patents Elegant Solution to Stop Embarassing Autocorrect Mistakes

APPLE has patented an ingenious way to save you from embarrassing autocorrect mistakes in your iPhone text messages and emails.

Apple might finally have a solution for your embarrassing autocorrect mistakes

Apple might finally have a solution for your embarrassing autocorrect mistakes

Apple appears to have figured out a solution to embracing autocorrect mistakes.

Autocorrect is the useful feature that attempts to work-out when you've mistyped and automatically substitutes the mistake for the word you meant to write.

Unfortunately, it is not always successful – and as a result, there are now entire websites devoted to the Autocorrect Fail phenomenon.

But that could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new solution dreamt-up and patented by Apple.

Entire websites and online communities have built up around autocorrect mistakes TUMBLR • FAILS

Entire websites and online communities have built up around autocorrect mistakes
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The US patent describes a new software feature that would highlight any words that have been changed by the autocorrect feature.

Tapping the highlighted word would let the recipient see what was originally typed, as well as the other alternative words that autocorrect could've chosen.

Apple submitted an example with the patent that shows a picture of an iPhone with a text message that reads, “It was moved to tomorrow at 11. Being lunch.”

Words that were automatically corrected will be highlighted for the sender and recipient -  US PATENT OFFICE

Words that were automatically corrected will be highlighted for the sender and recipient - 
US PATENT OFFICE

According to the patent, the recipient or sender can then clicks the highlighted word – which in this example is "being" – and discover that the sender accidentally typed "bing".

You can then see other autocorrect options and hopefully discover the word the sender intented to type.

In the above example, other options included either "bring" or "boring".

 

The new iOS feature could help people get their meaning across following an autocorrect mistakes  US PATENT OFFICE

The new iOS feature could help people get their meaning across following an autocorrect mistakes  US PATENT OFFICE

 

Apple has already implemented a similar solution for its voice dictation feature in iOS.

If the software is unsure it heard you correctly, it will underline problem words in blue to prompt you to double-check.

Apple files patents for thousands of ideas that never become a finalised product, so there is no guarantee that this autocorrect feature will make it into a future iOS update.

The Cupertino technology will give the world a sneak peek at its next major iOS update during its develop conference, which will be held in June in San Francisco.