Here's Why Your iPhone Is Typing A Question Mark Box

8 November 2017, 13:09

question mark box iOS
question mark box iOS. Picture: other
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Curse you, question mark box!

The latest iOS update has brought with it new emojis, and with new emojis comes a bunch of people who, for whatever reason, didn't download the asset and now don't have the emojis. It also brings a long a healthy scoop of bugs. All of these delightful ingredients come together to form an iPhone environment that becomes a little nuts; filled with bizarre symbols that no one can understand.

The internet responded as you would expect (and hope) by heading down to the memeworks and forging some freshly made memes on the subject, but before we get to those, let's answer the most immediate question: what are these symbols?

What are these symbols?

The question-mark-in-a-box symbol appears when your phone is shown a symbol it cannot recognise and so it fills in the gap with a placeholder (the box). Meanwhile the weird' 'i' symbol that some iPhone users have reported seeing is a genuine bug.

This can apparently be fixed by going into 'settings' on your iPhone, heading to 'general', heading to the 'keyboard' section and then going to 'text replacement'. You then click on the + icon in the top right corner. In the box labeled ‘Phrase’, type an upper-case 'I' and then in the box labeled ‘Shortcut’ type in a lower-case ‘i’. This techno wizardry apparently fixes things.

Now, on the to how the internet has reacted

Finally.

It’s Steve’s world and we’re just living in it.

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Tara Strong tweet
Tara Strong tweet. Picture: other

IF YOU HAVE A DROID YOU DON’T GET THIS JOKE (AND TEXT GREEN, WHICH IS FUCKING GROSS) @lady_capulet

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Update

Apple says they have now fixed the problem in their latest software update. Simply download the update on your phone and you should be golden. RIP funny iPhone bug (November 2017 - November 2017).