iOS 5 split keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Saladinos, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Saladinos macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Seriously it's brilliant. SO much easier to type on the iPad. Can take a bit of getting used to, but i find I can touch-type on it whilst holding the ipad high; something I definitely couldn't do before!

    Also good if its propped up against your chest when lying down. Would like the keys to be resizeable (maybe with a gesture?). I know it's meant not to stretch your thumbs, but the keys are just a bit too small for me, and I dont have very large hands and can type fine on an iPhone.
  2. lulla01 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2007

    I can't even tell you how awesome this is. At first when i saw the feature i was like who cares but now once your used to it its amazing. it literally makes typing on here much easier. Just wish you could customize the color or something, that'd be awesome.
  3. REM314 macrumors 6502


    Jun 1, 2009
    I really wish they'd just give it to us now instead of making us wait until the fall.
  4. bufffilm, Jun 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    i was very disappointed to see in the demo yesterday that they still didn't add a row of numbers to the 'revised' keyboard.

    how could they leave something which is so basic, out?

    this of one of those things that i find frustrating about Apple. they come up with some good ideas at times and bungle it in a very basic way. arrrghhh!

  5. FranksWildYears macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    How do you split it? I have it checked in settings right now, but only have the full keyboard...
  6. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
    I love it too!

    To activate it, hold the keyboard icon on the bottom right of the keyboard.

    Only 1 big problem for me though: I docked it and now my applications crash when trying to split it. Anyone else run into this one?

    Edit: activating it in spotlight worked.
  7. Formul macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    Czech Republic
    either hold the keyboard button on the right for a while and pull up or just make a 2 finger "pinch" with thumbs to the sides to virtually split the keyboard, it has nice animation
  8. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    good feature, glad it is there, and i hope they continue to refine it to make it even better
  9. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Apple only have to do ONE SIMPLE THING, and they won't :mad:

    Just allow user/dev created keyboards.

    So you can go to the App Store and download new custom keyboard layouts.

    The Palm PDA's allowed this and the Pocket PC's allowed this, and both devices/users benefited tremendously from this.

    You could buy/select the layout you liked and use that.

    It's simple to do, but again, Apple don't want us to have this freedom :(

    Such a shame as it would not hurt them.
  10. iPadThai macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2010
    It's a keyboard. There's nothing to customize. You don't get keyboard skins on your real desktop keyboard do ya?

    I don't agree - the keyboard in iOS 5.0 rocks. I can't begin to tell you how great it is to iMessage with that split keyboard. Even surfing the web with safari having to type the URLs is quite enjoyable..except for the fact you have to tap the address bar to enter in which requires you to shift your entire hand away...
  11. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    No, but I get number keys, Cursor Keys and more on a real keyboard, the same as you do.
    All they had to do is define a set area for the on screen keyboard to be contained within, and devs could of created their own keys and layouts.
    And we would all of loved it, and be talking about the great cool new layouts that come out.
  12. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Gotta agree, I'm super excited about this one.
  13. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Does anybody have a link here I can see the full keynote from my iPad? :p
  14. Ironworker808 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    There was a link from engadget but I think it was Flash as I couldn't get it to work on my ipad. I think it was ustream or something like that.
  16. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
  17. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Just go to it's on the front page pain as day. You can't miss it.
  18. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
  19. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    When I saw this I asked myself the same thing. The feature is most Needed in landscape. Most guys don't need it in portrait mode. Would have defeated the purpose if it didn't work in landscape.
  20. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    MS showed off the same kind of keyboard in Windows 8 just three days before the WWDC keynote. Interesting they both arrived at it about the same time.

    My question for any devs: can it be used on the lock screen with a long passcode, too?
  21. Ironworker808 macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2009
    Thank you! Very very happy to see that. Scott only showed it in portrait at the keynote.

    I use my iPad in landscape at least 90% of the time. Good info. Thanks again.

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