As posted on Apple Might Break the Automatic Em Dash
On iOS or Android, to type an em dash, you have to hold down the hyphen key until the dash options pop up. The latest iOS 11 beta changes that, autocorrecting three hyphens into an em dash. Two hyphens autocorrect to a shorter en dash, used for number ranges like “10–20 people care about this.”
This is almost like the standard behavior on desktops, where two hyphens autocorrect into an em dash. But if Apple is adopting a one-two-three system in iOS, it might adopt it on the Mac as well. Tech reporter Glenn Fleishman has 1100 words on why that’s bad.
Like the Mac’s switch to “natural scrolling,” the real problem with the hyphen switch is that it violates a basic industry standard. But that never stopped Apple before. So prepare—maybe—to add “re-learn the hyphen shortcut” to the many joys of living in Apple’s idiosyncratic ecosystem.