Apple patents language auto-detection and autocorrect improvements
If you haven’t seen damnyouautocorrect.com, then you clearly don’t know what you’re missing. The keyboard text prediction on the iPhone has proven to be one of its most amazing features since the first-generation iPhone was launched, but that doesn’t mean that it’s either perfect, or practical when you handle more than one language. Apple’s new patent plans to solve this, though in a very interesting fashion.
Currently the Apple’s iOS line-up will underline any spelling mistakes you made, or that it couldn’t fix, but one of these patents plans to give you the option to halt a message from being sent without reviewing the mistakes on the text, which is a rather neat feature. This would include a timer for you to review and fix issues, which will just send the message if you choose to ignore the alert, and also give you the option to just send immediately or ignore as well.
The second patent, which is long overdue, is one of the reasons we love Swiftkey on Android. It plans to detect the language you’re typing on while you do so, which is a huge source of autocorrect problems for iPhone users.
Obviously we’ll have to wait some time for this to reach customers, but it’s great to see it being prepared.