iPad Pro 11" - No Split Keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by fyrefly, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

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    I use this feature all the time, but I can't split the keyboard on my 11" when typing in portrait or landscape. Anyone else have this issue?

    I know the 12" iPad removed the split keyboard, but the 10.5" had it, so I assumed the 11" would too. Argh, submitting a "feature request" to Apple I guess....
     
  2. chabig macrumors 603

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    I don't think the keyboard can be split. It can't on the 12.9" iPad Pros either. Apparently, Apple feels the device is too large to simultaneously hold and type on. They probably think the same about the new 11" iPad Pro.
     
  3. JWort93 macrumors member

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    Which if that is their logic, doesn't make any sense. The 10.5" iPad Pro is pretty much the same physical size, and had the split keyboard feature.
     
  4. Ghost31 macrumors 68030

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    I stopped expecting apple to make sense. Life is easier on my brain now
     
  5. laurenr macrumors 6502a

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    :eek::apple::D
     
  6. TrueBlou macrumors 68040

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    Ok, don't shoot the messenger, I'm just saying how :D

    I think it must be an iOS 12 change, for whatever stupid reason makes sense to Apple, or it's a bug.

    But, you can still use the split keyboard with the iPad, with one small (ish) caveat, you need to go into Settings > Display & Brightness > View and change the display setting from Standard, to Zoomed.

    If you do that, the split keyboard option re-appears even on the 12.9" iPad Pro. Whether the slightly zoomed in screen is an acceptable trade off for you or not is an entirely different matter.

    I'd also suggest sending feedback to Apple on the subject. The more of us who do, the more chance there is of them noticing/changing it. You can submit your feedback here.
     
  7. fyrefly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Right, but the display zoom setting doesn’t appear on the 11” iPad either. Another annoyance!
     
  8. TrueBlou macrumors 68040

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    Right enough, I forgot about that. It seems like a seriously odd thing for Apple to have removed. Especially now that even the smaller of the two has a larger screen.
    One can’t help but wonder if this will make a reappearance in an update. Maybe if enough of us complain about it.
     
  9. fyrefly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I’m hoping for as well. I'm sure it’s a software switch they can turn on and off.
     
  10. Madmischief macrumors member

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  11. fyrefly thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I’ve done it. I returned my 11” iPad Pro and I’ll stick with my 10.5” for now. I have to say, the edge to edge screen and new form factor are nice, but the screen isn’t any better, really and I found Face ID to be a bit of a pain (love it on my iPhone tho). That combined with them removing the #1 way I use my iPad (portrait with split keyboard) made the decision sad, but inevitable.

    Now if Apple brings back the split keyboard in a software update...... ;)
     
  12. iosuser macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for bumping an old thread. I bought a 11 today and am about to pack it up and return it strictly because of the missing split keyboard. It appears I’m not the only one after a quick search. Love the hardware, and my son is waiting for my 10.5 lol, but I can’t do without the split keyboard. It’s really too bad.
     

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