No, Apple’s Kardashian auto-correct goof (probably) isn’t an intentional joke

Where would our lives be without auto-correct? You may fancy yourself as having the fastest, most accurate thumbs in the west, but for most of us mere mortals, we’re hugely reliant on our smartphones’ auto-correct software to sort out the garbage we input via on-screen keyboard and turn it into legible text. All the time, the companies behind such software are tweaking their algorithms, trying to turn a “Opvketniww” into a “Pocketnow” in the blink of an eye. Recently, iOS users have been noticing some quirky auto-correct behavior with the new 9.2 release, and while it might be good for a few chuckles, it’s probably not the intentional joke some have been suggesting.

With iOS 9.2, entering “lardass” on your phone or tablet’s keyboard will generate the auto-complete suggestion “Kardashian” – as in America’s favorite love-to-hate family.

Given the famous physiques of some of those Kardashian girls, it’s easy to understand how people might believe that a rogue Apple developer snuck that suggestion in as a rebellious little (middle-school-level) joke. The truth is almost certainly much less interesting.

With K and L adjacent on the keyboard, and the “ardas” string consistent across both words, we’re almost certainly looking at an algorithmically driven decision – and by extension, an innocent one. That’s not to say that this isn’t a little embarrassing for Apple, and we’d imagine it tweaks its dictionaries to avoid this suggestion in the future.


Source: Cult of Mac

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