This black sign appears on my iPad Pro screen many times, sometimes in one top corner of the screen, sometimes on different other places on the screen, but I guess always on the Safari tabs, as I’ve never seen it on the screen when using other apps! The size is less than one square centimeter.

White I on black rectangle with white line through

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Why does it appear on my screen? And how can I get rid of it forever?

  • Seriously? No one else has that problem?
    – Sasan
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 18:15
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    There's not enough context here. What are you doing at the time you see it? Where exactly on the screen or Safari tab? What issue is it causing you?
    – Allan
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 18:21
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    It seems odd that in the screenshot iPad is spelled ipad - When did you first notice it? From the day you purchased the device or only on a certain website? As @Allan says, need a bit more context. Personally, my iPad Pro has never shown this that I have noticed.
    – bjbk
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 18:30
  • @bjbk as mentioned in the question, the sign is the black rectangle. The ipad was added when i took the screenshot. I don’t know why. But the sign is the black rectangle with an I that has a line through it. I changed the photo. It appears irregularly, and not in particular places. Right now it is a bit above this comment. And then, now, it goes below this comment and again above. While I am typing this comment, it has changed its place several times. I don’t know why? And I don’t remember when I saw it the first time.
    – Sasan
    Commented Nov 17, 2020 at 19:58
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    Does the mysterious icon appear if you use another input mechanism (e.g. on-screen keyboard)?
    – iTunes
    Commented Nov 19, 2020 at 18:21

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Since this is happening in Safari several additions could inject content that doesn’t directly come from the websites you listed:

  1. VPN or network injection (very unlikely as it would break most secure sites that use TLs)
  2. Content blockers (very suspect, try disabling them all, then enabling then half at a time)
  3. CSS modifications (less common, but very likely if you use them)
  4. Developer tools and experimental features (Settings app > Safari > Advanced)

The developer tools and attaching your iPad to desktop safari and opening web inspector is the tool I use to dissect an odd website behavior. I can not reproduce your issue despite trying, but if someone can show how to reproduce it, I would love to help solve it.

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