In a much-needed departure from the hilarity of autocorrect fails, iCorrect is a proposed feature for future Apple iOS releases that would teach lazy typists and poor spellers of all ages how to learn from their own mistakes, improving their spelling and grammar skills.
Once iCorrect is installed on an iOS device, users won’t be able to send messages until all words are properly spelled and sentences are composed within the standard rules of grammar.
Three students enrolled at the Miami Ad School came up with iCorrect as part of an academic assignment investigating whether technology can be beneficial to childhood development. They believe the app can harness the ubiquity of text messaging, and guide our reliance on this relatively new form of communication away from a trend toward sloppiness and towards an encouragement of global literacy.
“The reality is, the real world doesn’t come with autocorrect, and iCorrect is an easy way to practice and better writing skills for people of all ages,” creators Emily Berger, Michael Weisburd and Heinrich Schnorf told PSFK.
iCorrect research suggests that the average child will receive their first mobile phone between the ages of 10 and 14, and before long, reach rates of up to 3900 texts per month.
If kids are reliably using phones to communicate, why not turn their text conversations into learning opportunities? Other than the basic idea that kids might not like it, if parents can set up the iCorrect system and convince their children to participate, we may see future generations prone to far fewer typos than our own.
Bye bye, Damnyouautocorrect!
At this point, iCorrect is just a concept born out of an academic inquiry. The trio behind the app are hoping to partner with Apple or another prominent brand to build the iCorrect function into future versions of the Apple operating system so that it will be available as an optional function for all iOS users.
It’s easy to see how the app would fit into the realm of parental controls and opt-in tools for those with obsessive compulsive tendencies – no one likes the red squiggly line.
As someone who speaks American English, writing for an Australian publication like Techly, I can also come up with a generous handful of obstacles that would be presented to developers. An official Apple release of a product like iCorrect would require perfecting regionally specific versions of the app to apply to style conventions for subtle differences in language use around the world, or even dialects that stand in more stark contrast when used by native speakers.