For most users who upgraded to iOS 11.1, the experience wasn't all that smooth as initial typing of the letter "i" is replaced with the letter "A" and a Unicode symbol, instead of auto-correcting to a capital.
While the bug is persistent through several apps, quite oddly, not everyone who upgraded to iOS 11.1 is affected.
The annoying bug, though is affecting most users, and Apple has provided a temporary workaround until a permanent patch is made available.
For those affected, who after updating their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iOS 11 or later and discovered that when they type the letter “i” it autocorrects to the letter “A” with a symbol, find below what you can do to temporarily fix the issue until a software update is released to fix it.
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement.
- Tap .
- For Phrase, type an upper-case "I". For Shortcut, type a lower-case "i."
If successfully done, when you type "i" and hit space, it would automatically correct itself to "I".
The workaround makes use of the Text Replacement feature built into iOS, and requires you to create a text replacement that would automatically change the lowercase "i" to a capital, thereby overriding the bug.
Update: Apple has just sent out a patch that fixes the bug with iOS 11.1.1 now available, marked as the flagship feature.