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  1. Skeptic
    January 30, 2018

    This happens to me constantly on iPad, slightly less so on iPhone. It does with words, not just contacts or names.

    Very annoying to say the last. But on the other hand, the iPad is sort of a big toy and content consumption device so it’s not exactly hampering workflow. People use actual computers for real work in the real world, despite what the commercials try to sell and tell you.

    I recall a discussion that it’s possibly due to so-called “machine learning” that Apple is implementing given that’s a new buzzword everyone must jump to. Given how amazing Siri is with the other hot buzzword of “AI”, you can see how well buzzword chasing is working…

  2. Toby
    January 30, 2018

    I have an e-mail contact called Sick Note. That explains the random [S]ick and [N]ote, thanks! Now I need to comb through my address book for others.

    • Anne
      January 30, 2018

      Unfortunately, it “learns” to capitalize in many other situations.

      I found it could be thrown off by simply using the word as the first word of a sentence.

  3. Richard
    January 30, 2018

    I *think* that a fix is to correct the error again and again until the device ‘learns’ to not uppercase it. Example, shortly after watching the Wonder Woman movie, I texted several friends what a great movie Wonder Woman is. Thereafter the words Wonder and Woman were auto-capitalised for some time in any and all subsequent texts. I typed up several dummy texts containing these words, correcting to lower case several times. Finally my iPhone stopped auto-capitalising. I’m not saying this is a convenient fix, but it seemed to work for me.

  4. Richard Goldsmith
    January 30, 2018

    I don’t get words capitalized but on my iPad Air I get numbers substituted for the lowercase letters such as 5he and w@s when the .?123 button has not been touched.

  5. Anne
    January 30, 2018

    It drove me crazy on my old iPad and I’m disappointed that it’s still there. Turning off auto-capitalization is the only solution.

    I watched it for a while and I think I found a pattern.

    The wrongly capitalized words had been used before, in the context of the first word of a sentence.

    I write a lot of photo captions and I used some words repeatedly as the first word of captions. It was impossible not to notice the pattern.

    On a more positive note, autocorrect is improved in some ways. For example, “blockquote”, previously treated as a unknown string now auto fills. Also, certain commonly used phrases are recognized much better than before.

    I am getting occasional question marks before letters, but not that often.

  6. Kate Bornstein
    January 30, 2018

    Thanks so much for researching this. I’m a writer, and I’ve been enjoying easing into doing more and more writing on my iPad Pro and Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. I’ve been reluctant to simply turn off auto caps, but seeing the sad lack of alternatives, I’m going to do just that. Thanks again. Hope to see an update sooner than later.

  7. jggtn
    January 30, 2018

    I had to wipe the keyboard dictionary on my new iPhone X which temporarily solved the problem but it’s back. Sad thing is that Apple appears to not consider grammatical context when it invokes capitalization. For example, when I decide to add a word mid sentence it randomly and inappropriately capitalizes it as if it’s thinking I’m starting a new sentence (in the middle of an existing sentence).

    Apple’s spellcheck also randomly selects words when it doesn’t like the word I’m typing. For example, substituting a word starting in “b” for a word I specifically typed starting in “c”. (I know. Sounds absurd, but it happened.) In other words, I don’t need Apple to decide for me what it thinks I want based on some crowd sourced AI garbage it thinks the popular kids are using, or some similar algorithmic nonsence.

  8. RM
    January 31, 2018

    I forgot about this setting, thank you.

    My other beef with auto correct is how the context of my sentence drastically changes when “U” is changed to “I”, often just as I hit the send button… lol

  9. Nina Penny
    February 3, 2018

    This is great advice! It happened with the work ‘work’. Changed my work contacts to a small ‘w’ and it rectified it. Thanks.

  10. Nina Penny
    February 3, 2018

    This is great advice! It happened with the word ‘work’. Changed my work contacts to a small ‘w’ and it rectified it. Thanks.

  11. John Hansen
    February 21, 2018

    I’m not finding these issues but for about the last 6 months my iPad and iPhone seem to have lost the ability to spell!! For instance, when I type ‘from’ it automatically reverts to ‘form’.
    ‘&’ becomes ‘and’, ‘out’ becomes “our” – unless it has speech marks in which case it reverts to “out” again.. ‘there’ reverts to “three” etc. etc. etc.
    I could go on forever about the words that change, but it seems a random process. The point is, IT SHOULD’T BE HAPPENING!!

    Also, there should be some legal responsibility on the purveyor of the system (i.e. Apple) to respond to the demonstrable fact that the system they took our hard earned money for is clearly not of merchantable quality!!

    In short, what does it take to insist that Apple take responsibility for their actions (and preferably compensate us for this ‘snake oil’)!!

  12. Bob
    March 4, 2018

    The key is to go back to IOS10.
    All you have to do is find the person that decided that what ever he did to undo it.
    Why would any sane person make a change like that to a perfectly perfect program. It’s as annoying as hell and needs to fixed… right now and then fire ever who did this.
    Each one of us is paying thousand of dollars a year to be a part of the richest telecom company in the world and this is how we get rewarded????? Samsung is looking pretty good right now.

  13. Kyle
    March 8, 2018

    This worked for me:

    Reset your personal dictionary. Go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Keyboard Dictionary. All custom words and shortcuts are deleted, and the keyboard dictionary returns to its default state.

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