When we gave our teenager her first iPhone, we had her sign a family media agreement. This agreement highlighted our expectations in terms of safety, kindness, time management, and privacy, among other things. We especially impressed upon her the importance of locking her phone with a passcode and never sharing it with anyone so that people could not pose or post as her.
Two months ago, when iOS7 came out, I updated the first day it was available. It was different, but I got used to it. About a week later, I started having problems with what I thought was autocorrect.
Do you know about keyboard shortcuts? In general, they are awesome. You type a word or abbreviation, and your phone fills in any phrase you program it to when you’re texting or typing. Wu becomes “Where are you?”, omw becomes “on my way”, tu becomes “Thank you!” and so on.
Here are the shortcuts my daughter stealthily set up for me one night when I was busy in the kitchen making her dinner:
There —> they’re
Their —> there
They’re —> their
Are —> our
I thought I was going crazy. I spent hours Googling stuff like, “homonym problems iOS7 update”, lurking around on Apple discussion boards, and asking everyone I knew if they were having similar issues. They weren’t.
It was weeks before I figured it out, yelled at her, and fixed it. Although I was exasperated, I was also kind of proud of her subtlety. After all, if she had made the word “you” turn into “I like big butts and I cannot lie”, I would have figured it out right away.
Today, I discover two new shortcuts:
No —> yes
ok —> #YOLO
It’s obviously way past time for a password, or maybe an iPhone 5s. If you love iPhone pranks and practical jokes as much as my daughter, you’ll want to check out Mashable’s “5 Pranks to Play on Your Friend’s iPhone.”