THERE might be a bit more to your iPhone’s spell check than you thought – and it’s kind of political.
In an extensive analysis, the Daily Beast has found that Apple’s newest iPhone and iPad software doesn’t suggest corrections for slight misspellings of controversial words such as “abortion” and “bullet”.
When users type in a word not recognised by the software’s dictionary, words normally appear in red with correction options, if available.
But the investigation found more than 14,000 words that were recognised when spelt correctly, but would not have any correct options suggested when only slightly misspelled (for example, ‘m’ typed instead of an ‘n’).
Words Apple doesn’t want you to use. Source: Supplied
The words without corrections included “marijuana”, “pornography” and “bigot”.
The spell check suggestions analysed are found in the iOS 6 software, which was introduced last year.
Jillian York from the Electronic Frontier Foundation told Daily Beast the results were not surprising.
“Apple is one of the most censorious companies out there,” she said. “It isn’t censorship outright, but it is annoying, and it’s denying choice to customers.”
News.com.au has approached Apple, but they declined to comment.