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Apple Patent Aims to Correct iPhone “Autocorrect” Feature

If you havent personally experienced the humiliation that is so often associated with iPhones autocorrect feature, youve probably heard from others that have.Its an incredibly common occurrence that has sparked dozens of humor sites like and others. Conversations like this:

Are constantly being fixed, most often before the person sending the message can catch it. Now, an Apple patent application Combining timing and geometry information for typing correction hopes to put a stop to the frequently mistaken autocorrect.

The patent details describe a technology that records where your fingers touch the screen as well as how fast and build a profile based on your habits. Each persons unique typing habits are then put into a formula, allowing the program to discern whether you meant to type well or well and other more extreme word pairings.

It wouldnt completely eliminate the autocorrect feature, but it would ideally increase its efficiency. The application itself gives the example, if the string theere is entered and the time between the keystrokes ee is less than an associated baseline by more than a threshold amount, the replacement candidate there may be assigned a higher score.

In conjunction with this patent is another which is able to use parts-of-speech tagging in order to determine the intended word(s). This means that not only would your phone be documenting your typing patterns, but it would also have the ability to determine the context around what is being typed.

While its not in the making yet, its probably safe to say that this application would be greatly appreciated by many and would keep iPhone users from experiencing thesefrequent texting fails.

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