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MacRumors
Sep 13, 2007, 01:58 PM
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iPhoneAtlas notes (http://www.iphoneatlas.com/2007/09/13/ipod-touch-keyboard-trounces-iphones-multi-language-support-multiple-keyboards-and-more/) that the iPod Touch keyboard offers a number of additional keyboard options than the current iPhone keyboard.

The iPod Touch provides keyboards in 14 different languages as well as the following formats:

QWERTY
QWERTZ
AZERTY
QZERTY
Japanese IME

Users can also switch between two or more keyboards with a special icon on the keyboard.

Apple is expected to provide an iPhone software update later this month to introduce the iTunes Wifi Store to iPhone users. With the plan to introduce international iPhone support soon, it would not be surprising if this additional keyboard support made its way into the coming update.



Article Link (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2007/09/13/international-keyboard-support-for-ipod-touch-iphone-soon/)



ryanw
Sep 13, 2007, 02:22 PM
They keyboard is so small, it would be nice if I could do T9 typing on it.

mduser63
Sep 13, 2007, 02:27 PM
I hope this is true. I'd really like to be able to type Japanese on my iPhone. Wonder if it's possible to do SMS in Japanese (on AT&T)?

mainstreetmark
Sep 13, 2007, 02:36 PM
They keyboard is so small, it would be nice if I could do T9 typing on it.

really? I have great success with the keyboard. I wish OSX would correct typos like that on the fly. I find I can type quite quickly on that keyboard, so long as I trust it's corrections, and don't manage to miss the spacebar (which takes two words and glues them together, and hopelessly confuses the spellchecker).

T9? Really??

odedia
Sep 13, 2007, 03:09 PM
How can I know if Hebrew (or any other right-to-left language) is one of those 14 offered? it'll be perfect if that is the case.

shane1598
Sep 13, 2007, 03:21 PM
c'mon apple I don't need a new keyboard. I need mms, group texting, and VOICE DAIL!

( could someone tell me if it possible to CAPS a whole word without having to hit the arrow up key after each letter ( I tried the enable caps lock in settings))

chr1s60
Sep 13, 2007, 03:39 PM
I hope they package a few things with the software update. It would be nice if they make it so we can use the widescreen keyboard in all apps. I would also love some copy/paste.

SHANE1598... you can go to settings and under general there are keyboard options. Turn Enable Caps Lock on. Then when you want to use all caps, just double tap the arrow key. It will turn blue and everything will be caps.

shane1598
Sep 13, 2007, 03:49 PM
I hope they package a few things with the software update. It would be nice if they make it so we can use the widescreen keyboard in all apps. I would also love some copy/paste.

SHANE1598... you can go to settings and under general there are keyboard options. Turn Enable Caps Lock on. Then when you want to use all caps, just double tap the arrow key twice. It will turn blue and everything will be caps.

AHH DOULBLE TAP!! THANKS Chr1s60

iVoid
Sep 13, 2007, 03:59 PM
I can see why they'd have this for the iPT first. It's intended for the whole world, while the iPhone is only made for the US (officially) for now.

But there's a whole lot of other improvements I'm waiting for before this (and I doubt it was high on Apple's list either). This would just be put on the iPhone because the code's ready because of the iPT.

tom@bluesky.org
Sep 13, 2007, 04:03 PM
How can I know if Hebrew (or any other right-to-left language) is one of those 14 offered? it'll be perfect if that is the case.

Just read the tech specs for the iPod Touch. Hebrew is not there, unfortunately.

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/specs.html

ryanw
Sep 13, 2007, 05:50 PM
really? I have great success with the keyboard. I wish OSX would correct typos like that on the fly. I find I can type quite quickly on that keyboard, so long as I trust it's corrections, and don't manage to miss the spacebar (which takes two words and glues them together, and hopelessly confuses the spellchecker).

T9? Really??

It's a "virtual keyboard", why can't it be configurable to whatever the user wants. It would probably add an extra 50 lines of code to to add the ability to switch to T9.

The "correct typos on the fly" thing is very cool. But there are a lot of things I'd rather just type what I want and not worry about it fixing things. Due to the size of the keys and it's so sensitive to touch sometimes it's hard to type exactly what you want, and the auto correct sometimes gets more in the way.

I would bet most people wouldn't use the T9, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be an option. i know apple hates giving people an option for a "lesser solution" but it might help some people's gripes.

bluefiberoptics
Sep 13, 2007, 06:18 PM
This is fantastic! Can't wait to use it to type in Japanese.

yayaba
Sep 13, 2007, 06:19 PM
c'mon apple I don't need a new keyboard. I need mms, group texting, and VOICE DAIL!

( could someone tell me if it possible to CAPS a whole word without having to hit the arrow up key after each letter ( I tried the enable caps lock in settings))

Hit the shift key twice real quick. It'll stick and then you can do CAPS all the way.

mmulin
Sep 14, 2007, 04:59 AM
c'mon apple I don't need a new keyboard.

yes, but all the other ppl who may have a different cultural background or communicate with other's so.

quite happy that japanese made it to the iPt. was worried about using the inet on it otherwise..

koobcamuk
Sep 14, 2007, 05:58 AM
This is fantastic! Can't wait to use it to type in Japanese.

me neither. if this is true and works how I hope, then I will be getting one of these puppies.

CaptainHaddock
Sep 14, 2007, 09:52 AM
I'm kind of worried Japanese input will suck on the iPod Touch (and eventually the iPhone). Japanese input is pretty sophisticated on cell phones these days.

I hope it's not qwerty-based.

bored
Sep 14, 2007, 11:22 PM
Here's some photos (http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/065/65208/index-2.html) of the Japanese input method.

koobcamuk
Sep 15, 2007, 07:13 AM
Here's some photos (http://ascii.jp/elem/000/000/065/65208/index-2.html) of the Japanese input method.

looks slow...

I hope it's ok...

I can see Japanese sticking with their current input methods to be honest.

austinfd
Sep 16, 2007, 10:45 PM
Just read the tech specs for the iPod Touch. Hebrew is not there, unfortunately.

http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/specs.html

Nuts to the fact that Korean is supported as a display language, but not an input method....I know they're planning to market the touch in Korea....but without Korean text support for input, it doesn't have a chance......

pjac
Sep 18, 2007, 06:34 AM
This ties in with one of my ideas for using an iPhone / iPod Touch as an international dictionary. Built in international character entry support would be great for any 3rd party applications, and essential for using any online dictionary or reference material.

Its great that there is built in support for Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese fonts :)