iOS 5 split keyboard

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

  1. Saladinos macrumors 68000

    Saladinos

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2008
    #1
    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

    lulla01

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2007
    Location:
    U.S
    #2
    oh

    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

    REM314

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2009
    Location:
    Canada
    #3
    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 macrumors 601

    bufffilm

    Joined:
    May 3, 2011
    #4
    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

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    #5
    How do you split it? I have it checked in settings right now, but only have the full keyboard...
     
  6. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2009
    Location:
    Long Island
    #6
    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

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2010
    Location:
    Czech Republic
    #7
    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

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2008
    #8
    good feature, glad it is there, and i hope they continue to refine it to make it even better
     
  9. Piggie macrumors 604

    Piggie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    #9
    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

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2010
    #10
    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 604

    Piggie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    #11
    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

    spinedoc77

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    #12
    Gotta agree, I'm super excited about this one.
     
  13. bobright macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #13
    Does anybody have a link here I can see the full keynote from my iPad? :p
     
  14. Ironworker808 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
  15. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

    spinedoc77

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2009
    #15
    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 604

    Piggie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    #16
  17. Blakjack macrumors 68000

    Blakjack

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    #17
    Just go to apple.com it's on the front page pain as day. You can't miss it.
     
  18. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

    superstrikertwo

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2008
    Location:
    California
    #18
    Yes.
     
  19. Blakjack macrumors 68000

    Blakjack

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2009
    #19
    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

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    #20
    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

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2009
    #21
    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.
     

Share This Page