I love typing on my iPod touch. For me, the touchscreen is a lot faster than a tactile keyboard. My only problem with it is the auto correction. Quite frankly, something needs to change; I mean, it is basically the same as what came out on the first iPhone way back when. I’m not saying that it doesn’t work right a lot of the time, it doesn’t work all of the time either. When you are trying to write a word that you don’t know how to spell, it is quick to fix that for you. Most of the time it is spot on and every think is great. You see, the problem lies with words (and names) that you do know how to spell. My name is Bryce. I write it a lot in the salutation of my emails, but my iPod always seems to think that I mean “Bruce.” No matter what I try, I cannot win. I have even created shortcuts that are supposed to change “Bryce” into “Bryce,” but for some reason, it insists that I mean “Bruce.” It is extremely frustrating and all my friends with iPhones joke about changing my name to make it easier for them. Typing is becoming more of an annoyance than anything else.
In my opinion, what Apple needs to do is allow users to specify words they want in their dictionary. I would like to have a place where I can enter words that never get changed when I don’t want them to. It may also be nice to have the OS learn all names instead of having names already built into it. Obviously their shortcut system is not working out; that or my iPod has another owner named Bruce that I don’t know about. Either way, I don’t like it.
Maybe the whole auto-correct system needs an update. Perhaps Apple should implement the correction features we see in the Android OS. I have always felt that Android’s spell check and word prediction were better than iOS. Having the bar on the top of the keyboard that gives options as you type is so much faster and more intuitive. Back in November, someone uncovered a secret spell check bar in iOS 5. What happened to that? Did Apple feel that it was just too Android, because I feel that that is exactly what I need. Apple does not always know what I want to type, they can only guess. Despite what they think, the bar would actually make the typing process easier for the end user.
I really hope that we see some changes in the next installment of iOS. In any case, I just felt the need to voice my opinion. What do you think though? Does iOS Auto-correct work a little too well, or is it fine for you? Let me know in the comments below.