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Your iPhone Loves Metallica, Motörhead, and Mötley Crüe, Hates Megadeth (Maybe)

  • Axl Rosenberg

Here’s a fun game to play if you’re bored and you own an iPhone.

Go to type the name of a band into said iPhone — using a text or e-mail would be best — and type out the names of a few metal bands to see which ones auto-correct and which ones don’t.

Here, I’ll give you some examples:

The iPhone will automatically capitalize Metallica…

iPhone Metallica

It will also add umlauts to Motörhead and at least half of Mötley Crüe:

iPhone MotorheadiPhone Motley Crue

And by the way, I checked — no, autotype does not just recognize these band names because I’ve used them a lot before or have them on my phone or whatever. In fact, thanks to Spotify, there is currently no Metallica, Motörhead, or Mötley Crüe on my phone. Nor have I ever taken the extra two seconds to add an umlaut to anything sent from my phone, ever.

Now, here’s where things take a twist: according to the friend who first brought this little oddity of the iPhone to my attention, autotype will also correct Megadeth… as “megadeath.” I tried it on my phone and it doesn’t work, presumably because I’ve texted “Megadeth” a whole bunch of times. But I see no reason for my friend to lie. And besides — my phone also failed to auto-correct “gun n roses” as “Guns N’ Roses” or capitalize Anthrax or Slayer, and it thought “acdc” was supposed to be “acidic,” and “ac/dc” was supposed to be “ac/DX” (????).

So why does the auto-correct work for some bands, and not for others? If not for the failure to recognize AC/DC and Guns N’ Roses, I’d assume that it has something to do with record sales — ’cause the phone also recognizes prominent non-metal bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. As it stands, though, I have to assume that the people at Apple are just fans or Metallica, Motörhead, and Mötley Crüe, and either don’t particularly care for, or outright hate, those other bands.

I may be stretching, though.

Let me know which other bands you find popping up automatically in your iPhone. Android users, you are obviously invited to join, too.

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