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How to Make the iOS Autocorrect Less Crappy

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    Autocorrect can cause some hilarious, often embarrassing, texting adventures.

    Those users exploring iOS 5 may have happened upon a way to rid themselves of Apple's often embarrassing autocorrect mistakes and enable a new "Android-like" autocorrect bar.

    Sonny Dickson, an iOS developer, found hidden code in the iOS that would allow the autocorrect bar, according to 9to5Mac. Dickson's instructions on how to make the autocorrect bar appear: 

    1. Download iBackupBot.
    2. Backup your iPhone/iPod in iTunes. 
    3. Open iBackupBot and find the backup, then load it. 
    4. Find Library/Preferences/com.apple.keyboard.plist and open the file. (if your software isn’t registered you’ll have to press cancel and then it will open) 
    5. Add in the following code: <key>KeyboardAutocorrectionLists</key><string>YES</string> 
    6. Save your modifications, and then restore from backup from within iBackupbot.
    Commenters on Dickson's blog reported mixed success, so caveat emptor, Apple users!

    But did Apple plan on a more "Android-like" autocorrect bar, but decided against it this round? Or will we see something similar in the next iPhone? It seems that iOS users want a better autocorrect client and are willing to use third parties to find one -- so Apple should give them a better alternative.