How is typing on the iPad?


macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 18, 2008
Is the virtual keyboard big enough? Perhaps not for heavy-duty word processing, but how about for instant messaging or on-the-fly editing?

What is the best way to type? Portrait or landscape? Thumbs like the iPhone, or 5-fingered like a Mac? Any tips/tricks/strategies for getting the highest wpm out of the device?

Long story short, share your typing experiences!


macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
I'm typing on it now. Like said it takes getting use to, but it's coming along better than i thought.

No comparison to a full size but you can be accurate and also type at a decent speed.


macrumors member
Jan 28, 2008
Typing is excellent on it. Just hold your hands over the keyboard like a real one. The keyboard is very accurate. I am typing this on it now and it took me about a minute 30 sec. :D


macrumors regular
Feb 22, 2010
I've never been a good thumb typer, but am quite a good touch typer. In landscape mode I was immediately typing at about 80 percent of my normal speed. The only caveat is that I had to look at the keyboard while typing. I think I will get used to it and get even better, but in my line of work I need to keep my eyes on something else while typing, so a bluetooth keyboard will be a welcome accessory. For everything else, the on screen keyboard will be absolutely fine.


macrumors regular
Sep 9, 2008
Typing is much easier than I expected. It's really not much different except I am using 8 instead of 10 fingers to type. I can't imagine serious processing but for internet and email it is more than suitable.


macrumors 6502
Mar 19, 2010
Its not bad, I do prefer landscape for typing. I have gotten used to it enough to where I think I could type a page long document quick enough to make it bearable.


macrumors member
Jul 25, 2007
I'm 90 wpm on a computer, and about 45 so far on the iPad. I expect that will go up once I have more time on the device.


Mar 13, 2009
Well, portrait is harder, but landscape is great.

I expected a huge learning curve, but after getting it, there's barely any. You'll have to adjust slightly if you're used to a certain sized keyboard now (I code on my 13" MB, so I'm VERY used to it's keyboard), but other than that, it's great. Very responsive, great setup, and very accurate.

Typing is a non-issue on it.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 25, 2007
I think it will take some time getting used to, but even know since typing my last message I have my wireless keyboard dock and typing like a mad dog. I do wish a pointer option came with it to move a mouse around. If that happens it would take into outer space for me and the icing on the cake. Right now have it in the case angled up typing on the wireless keyboard as stated. In a pinch the on screen keyboard works and Im sure will get used to it. Not a fan of it at the moment however.

When typing on the IPhone I just use my thumbs and that is very very fast.

Oh yes and now the pain to hit submit reply key to send this.