Latest iPhone OS 4 Beta adds user customizable dictionary

Thu, May 20, 2010


Lost amidst the hoopla of what looks to be the impending arrival of iPhone tethering for AT&T customers is this nugget unearthed by Gizmodo. It appears that the next-gen iPhone OS will at last include support for a user customizable dictionary.

Users can now go into the Keyboard settings pane and, with just one tap, add custom words to the built in dictionary.

In the example below, the word “Lifehacker” was added to the iPhone dictionary, where it now shows up as a suggested word whilst typing. Not only is this a godsend for all the folks who use a lot of slang, but provides a great way for users to customize their own shorthand to speed up their typing.



6 Comments For This Post

  1. Justin Freid Says:

    A very nice addition- I’ll use it for complex usernames and maybe some profanity.

  2. ArtOfWarfare Says:

    Finally- I can say hell without it always changing it to he’ll!

  3. Chenks Says:

    i can’t see this option.
    i assume it must be specific to certain geographic locations

  4. Bryan Says:

    Duck you.

    Sent from my iPhone.

  5. Dougie Says:

    Wrong. Well partially true, only currently available if you add a Japanese language into your international keyboards.

    Doesn’t work with normal British, and other languages as far as I’m aware.

  6. RayCon Says:

    Medical terms… now that’s what I’d like to have auto-complete. I hope there will be a way to add words on the fly, rather than the need to add words to a list.

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