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Apple reveals iPhones will finally stop autocorrecting ‘f**k’ to ‘duck’

Stewart Perrie

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Apple reveals iPhones will finally stop autocorrecting ‘f**k’ to ‘duck’

If you have used an iPhone then there is a very high chance you have wanted to say an expletive in a message and it suddenly gets changed.

Whether you want to say f**k and it changes to duck, or you want to say s**t and it alters to shut, there's nothing more infuriating than having to change it every single time.

For some users, it never seemed to learn that we just want to say what we want to say.

However, the good people at Apple have finally listened and will be changing the technology that autocorrect uses.


During the company's big showcase on everything exciting that's coming up, Apple's software chief, Craig Federighi, said they will ensure you don't get angrier because of autocorrect.

Credit: AA Grim / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: AA Grim / Alamy Stock Photo

"In those moments where you just want to type a ducking word, well, the keyboard will learn it, too," Craig said at WWDC 2023.

According to CNET, the keyboard on iOS 17 uses a transformer model that will learn from what you type.


This model is also used by OpenAI, and will hopefully work out how you speak on a regular basis.

It will use these learnings to better predict your next word.

It's not just expletives that the keyboard will pick up on, but also slang terms and anything else that autocorrect always changes for you.

It's expected to be available for beta testing in July before it gets released to the general public in September.


This update will no doubt have loads of people excited to finally have a device that gets them.

However, it wasn't the only revelation from Apple's big event.

People who tuned into WWDC 2023 were shown Apple's incredible new VR/AR headset.


Despite looking like a pair of ski goggles, the the 'Apple Vision Pro' has a full 3D interface and can be controlled with your hands, eyes and voice.

When you first put the headset on, you get to see all your apps placed in and around your surroundings.

It's almost like having floating iPad/MacBook interface where you can switch between apps and tabs, play music and watch films.

“It’s the first Apple product you look through, and not at,” CEO Tim Cook said of the device.


You can also switch between augmented and full virtual reality by using a dial.

The device basically uses passthrough video that lets you see the real world in full, while also having the ability to project 3D objects into real space.

Featured Image Credit: Urbanmyth / Alamy. Farlap / Alamy.

Topics: Apple, Technology

Stewart Perrie
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