International Keyboard Support for iPod Touch (iPhone Soon?)

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iPhoneAtlas notes 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.

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  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2003
    T9 ???

    They keyboard is so small, it would be nice if I could do T9 typing on it.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    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)?
  4. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    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??
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2005
    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.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2007
    St. Louis
    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))
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    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.
  8. macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2007
    St. Louis
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    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.
  10. macrumors member

    May 24, 2002
    Just read the tech specs for the iPod Touch. Hebrew is not there, unfortunately.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2003
    T9, Yes!

    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.
  12. macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2005
    This is fantastic! Can't wait to use it to type in Japanese.
  13. macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Hit the shift key twice real quick. It'll stick and then you can do CAPS all the way.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    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..
  15. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    me neither. if this is true and works how I hope, then I will be getting one of these puppies.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2004
    Nagoya, Japan
    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.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2001
  18. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    looks slow...

    I hope it's ok...

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

    Apr 22, 2007
    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......
  20. macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2007
    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 :)

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