Well, there’s email. Got Gmail? Most of us do even if we hate Google. I write for a living so I’m accustomed to spell checkers and grammar checkers. Google has a new one that I want Apple to steal. Or, build. Or, buy. But I want one.
Check Me, Baby
My online writing for Mac360 and Mac360.ORG uses a popular content management system, and most of the time I just login and start typing on Safari on my Mac. I use Apple’s built-in spellchecker which puts little squiggly red lines under a word that it deems misspelled. There is also some kind of grammar checker which does the red line routine when it thinks a correctly spelled word is out of place, but it does not suggest sentence structure.
That’s what Grammarly does.
Compose bold, clear, mistake-free writing with Grammarly’s AI-powered writing assistant… Get corrections from Grammarly while you write on Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, and all your other favorite sites
Apple should buy Grammarly and park it into macOS, iOS, iPadOS and anywhere else it makes sense. I would even allow Siri to correct my spoken grammatical mistakes. I don’t use Grammarly but I plan to give it a try because it’s free with Safari.
What caught my attention about this kind of artificial intelligence is Google’s new G Suite features for email. Does this sound familiar?
For common typos and other grammatical errors, Gmail will add a blue squiggly underline to highlight problem words that should be addressed before hitting the send button. A red line also appears under misspelled words. For errors that do get autocorrected, a dashed line will appear under the corrected text.
Big Brother is watching, but for a good reason.
Type without correct punctuation, bad spelling, or poor grammar and you look less intelligent to those who read what you wrote. Unless they’re dumber and don’t know left from write.
If you’re working against deadlines to write a lot of emails daily, correct spelling and grammar probably isn’t top of mind. These capabilities can also help you write and edit with more confidence if you’re a non-native speaker
It’s like having a high school English teacher watching over your writing skills as an artificially intelligent Siri.
I want that.
Apple can afford Grammarly and afford to build it into everything appropriate, even Siri.
Hey, Tim, instead of dishing out tens of billions to buy stock, why not buy something that makes life better?