landscape texting

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MacScho, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. MacScho macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
  2. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    Doubt it, this is not one of Apple's top priorities, but then again who knows what is.
  3. MacScho thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2008
    pffffft -.- it would make sense seeing as it would make it more rectangular keyboard like
  4. rolex54 macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
    there is really no reason that every application cannot use this feature, it is much easier and more natural to type with the iPhone in landscape mode
  5. smartdog126 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2008
    wow i no what your talking i have the 2g iphone and its lk imposible to type with the iphone when it is not in the landscape mode becz big fingers make it harder to type
  6. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I agree that it is very useful.

    We should have an option that lets us auto go into horizontal mode or vertical mode when tapping a text field.
  7. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Apple's too busy making the calculator horizontal.
  8. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I wish... it just makes sense to have a keyboard in lanscape mode. Plus, even though it's not apples "top priority" I'm sure it could be done very easily and is not a big deal to add into the 2.0 upgrade or a further upgrade.
  9. benmrii macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2007
    Considering the demonstration during this week's keynote of how easy it is to create programs that work in both visual modes, I can't imagine it is really that difficult to add the functionality.
  10. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000


    Nov 16, 2006
    New York City
    I have wanted landscape texting since the damn thing came out. It makes no sense that it can't do it and it pisses me off.
  11. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    personally at first i preferred the landscape keyboard in the browser when i got my iphone but as the months wore on i find myself much quicker on the standard portrait one.

    you don't realise how slow it is texting on a normal phone with "buttons" now that i sold him =/
  12. razorianfly macrumors 65816


    Oct 16, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Owning an iPod touch, this was my priority in my suggestion/request,
    but I have submitted this issue to Apple as an enhancement request:

    "Hello iPod team,

    With the introduction of the January Software Upgrade, the iPod touch now has the capability to send e-mail through the Mail application.
    Along with the announcement of the 2.0 Software Update, I, and many others, were hoping for the addition of a landscape keyboard option within the iPhone/iPod's
    setting panel at Apple's WWDC conference, unfortunately this was not to be.

    Therefore I am requesting the inclusion of this setting option within v2.0 of the iPhone/iPod touch software.

    I believe if this was implemented correctly, this is a feature which would improve iPhone OSX for the better.
    Currently this functionality is available when entering a URL into mobile Safari, but not within other applications such as Mail,
    Contacts, SMS and Notes.

    I hope these suggestions are taken into consideration and I look forward to purchasing the iPhone 2.0 Software Update myself,
    for my iPod touch, in early July."


    During the WWDC keynote when Steve Jobs was showing off the new features within v2.0, he showed a landscape calculator,
    before showing this feature he said 'We received some requests for a landscape calculator ... ... so now you can just turn it
    on it's side and it turns into a scientific calculator'
    - Proving Apple do actually listen to requests!

    If you truly want the feature, please do the same at:

    ... And lets hope they listen.

  13. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Me too! This is a very annoying shortcoming.
  14. G5Unit macrumors 68020


    Apr 3, 2005
    I'm calling the cops
    I'd like it to as it is prone to less mistakes, but I also find that portrait typing to be just fine:eek:
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'd like it, but alongside that, I'd like some kind of change so that slightly more of the textbox itself is visible in landscape mode. In Safari, the biggest problem with the landscape keyboard is that it's very difficult to type in a textbox and then use the mag glass to move around the textbox to make edits, etc, and often you can't see the whole loop or you can't see the line of text the loop is looking at.

    With the SMS interface, it's less of an issue, but still....
  16. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I totally agree. I also have found this very annoying, maybe if they just make a few tweaks it would be superb.
  17. Edwardz macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2007
    I won't have my first iPhone till the 11th, but my Dad has one and I'm always on it. I thought I would never get used to portrait texting on it due to me having average sized fingers. As the months came though it became easier and easier. Now I can text without looking, watching the TV, and playing xbox with my toes. Just kidding. But seriously...I can.
  18. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    With the "landscape texting" I find my thumbs to be too short. Maybe it's just me, but I like the portrait texting keyboard much better. :cool:
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I don't think I would care for landscape texting. I just think people here want the option....
  20. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    True -- you don't have to use it. I think it's more just that the fact that the phone rotates when you turn it is one of the coolest and most ergonomic things about the iPhone interface, and it would be nice to see it extend naturally to more of what the iPhone does. For instance, as great as those ergonomics are, how much sense does it make that you're in landscape mode in Safari and you hit the home button, and suddenly you're looking at the home screen sideways instead of in landscape mode? I'd like to see the ergonomics be more consistent, even though they're already quite amazing.

    And then, for those of us who text better landscape (my two thumb texting is much better landscape, but if I want to do it one handed, I do it in portrait), we would have that option in more places.
  21. NDimichino macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    New Jersey
    The only problem I have with the landscape typing is that my thumbs come from the sides instead of the bottom like with the portrait typing so I end up with b's, n's, and v's instead of hitting the space bar.

    It's probably just because I'm not used to it, I would love to have it for texting, I think once we got used to it it would be a lot faster because it would be more accurate.
  22. frosse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Any texting should be done in landscape mode. Real bummer that Apple hasnt come to think about this, hopefully it gets fixed in 2.0.
  23. grndslm macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Apple has a tendency to ignore what's best for a select niche, and do what's best for all people. They have an odd way of prioritizing new features, ensuring they are the ones who come out on top. Portrait keyboard probably is best as it gets testers out there to make sure the thing is really finely tweaked. But landscape keyboard should defnitely still be availabe across all apps, for sure!!!

    Apple has a tendency to ignore EASY things to correct, with the iPhone:

    (1) landscape keyboard
    (2) copy & paste (i could think of a number of ways to do this, but they'd prolly rather you pay extra for a C&P add-on)
    (3) SMS
    (4) bluetooth profiles (why pay for millions of bluetooth chips if you're not gonna give the chips functionality to work with stereo headsets & external keyboards & such... majorly sucks!!)

    All of these issues are software related & Apple knew about all of them from day one, but they ignored them because they think "their way" is right.... just like how Macs still don't have a right-click button. I would have bought a MacBook and 32GB iPod Touch last week, but oh wait... MacBooks still only have one button.

    The stubbornness of Apple is still persistent, and for what reason?? To sell more apps in their new App Store?? I don't think they really listen to customers that much. How many people can you count on your fingers that wanted a "landscape calculator". I counted ZERO!
  24. grndslm macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2008
    I find Apple's hardware decisions most beneficial to them instead of consumers....

    ATT 3G service wasn't too widespread last year, so it made sense for them to wait a year even tho a select few could have gotten 3G speeds.

    Apple included bluetooth in 1st gen iPhones because it's a must-have feature for any phone nowadays for no real reason, yet Apple doesn't even bother to work on bluetooth profiles because that'd be too much work for them.
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    for number 3 we already have SMS

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