On-screen keyboard with small iPhone apps?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by vini-vidi-vici, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    If you're running an iPhone app and it needs you to use the keyboard for input, will it pop-up a "blown-up" version of the iPhone keyboard? or the default iPad keyboard?

    Especially, if you're in the mode where the iPhone app is "true size", and centered on the iPad screen, which keyboard will pop-up for text entry?

    I'm sure nobody knows, but it's an interesting bit of trivia. I have an app I use often, which requires text input. This app would look pretty bad simply "blown up". However, I want to use the bigger iPad keyboard...
  2. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    There is no way Apple will blow up the thumb keyboard. I'm sure their engineers have thought through this. The iPhone apps are in a simulator of sorts, that is already seperate because it has options to blow up the size of the app, or run it small. So it probably calls up the keyboard interface for the iPad, which should be standard and part of the fundamental API.

    What I think is cool are the custom keyboards. Apparently Numbers has a custom keyboard that you can switch to for formulas or something? I thought I saw that somewhere anyway...
  3. vini-vidi-vici thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    So, you think if you're running an iPhone app in the "1x" mode, a full-sized iPad keyboard will pop-up? (i.e. underneath the tiny app window) There would be plenty of space for it... and I think the app wouldn't have to shrink to allow the keyboard. This would be a big (and welcome) change in how such apps look for textual input.
  4. blackNBUK macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2010
    I would be somewhat surprised if this was possible. My guess is that the displaying of the keyboard is too integrated with the code of the rest of the App. Are there any iPhone developers able to chime in?
  5. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I still wonder who would actually use an iphone app in 1x mode? I know it preserves the original resolution, but it just seems strange and absurd to be using this tiny window on such a big screen. I think 99% of people will blow up their iphone apps to 2x size on their ipads and what keyboard will be used will not be an issue.

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