What happened to the period key?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by Jasmynp, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

    Jasmynp

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    I may be remembering this wrong cause I just came back to iOS. On my old iPhone there was a period/question mark key. I don't seem to have it here. Am I remembering it wrong or is there a switch I need to flick to get it back? Without it, I've got to press the 123 button to get any punctuation at all.

    Any ideas?
     

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  2. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Caps key

    The standard keyboard only shows the period key in a special keyboard layout for some character entry fields (like an email address field, username, password fields).
     
  3. Shrink macrumors G3

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    Or hit the Space bar twice at the end on any sentence.
     
  4. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    It depends on the type of text field you are in. For normal typing, the keyboard shown in your post is correct. You can add a period automatically by hitting the space key twice (configurable in Settings). However, if you are in Safari and tap the URL box, the keyboard will show you the period next to the space bar (and you can tap and hold the period key to show .com, .org, etc.).
     
  5. Jasmynp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Very helpful all. Thank you.

    I was using swiftkey on my own old phone so I'll need to adjust to hitting 123 when I want a question mark etc.

    Thanks again.
     
  6. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Remember that you can hold your finger down on the Numerical shift key, and when the keyboard shifts to Numerical, slide your finger to the desired key and then lift your finger up; the keyboard immediately reverts to Alphabetical and you have your desired character/number with minimal effort & maximum speed. Also, hold down the chosen key for longer to see alternatives to the plain key shown.

    If your previous iOS phone did this, please forgive the instructions. There are still some who don't know this stuff. :)
     
  7. byke macrumors 6502a

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    It's part of ios 7 new human interface.
    It does appear, but only for a few days per month and is very temperamental.
     
  8. Jasmynp thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now I remember! Thanks. That will definite save time. Just got to get used to doing it from the left. Swiftkey had something similar on the right. Won't take long though.
     
  9. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for this tip. I've had iphone's for years and never knew this. Great tip!!!
     
  10. j4zb4 macrumors 6502a

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    Me...!! A six year ios user didn't know this...!! *facepalm*
     
  11. matrix07 macrumors 601

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    LOL. I feel for you. Showing how strong and intuitive iOS 6 was (judging from your signature of course.)
     
  12. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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  13. DucMike macrumors member

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    Speaking of the *period*; what happened to being able to say "period" in dictation & having one end a sentance? All the other ones (?,", & ,) seem to work when needed, but not the humble period. All I get is "period" at the end. :confused:
     
  14. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    It works for me using iOS 6.1.4. I just created a test Note. I dictated: this is a test note period testing for punctuation period

    I got: This is a test note. Testing for punctuation.
     
  15. DucMike macrumors member

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    I'm on the latest OS (7.0.1) and since getting my new phone (5s), it hasn't been working. Seems to want to write it out every time period
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    7.0.2 should be the latest.
     
  17. DucMike macrumors member

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    D'oh! You're right. I am on 7.0.2.
     
  18. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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  19. GreyOS macrumors 68030

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    Dictating 'full stop' using British English does the punctuation mark.
     
  20. LV426 macrumors 6502a

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    Quite right, too. A 'period' is what a lady gets once a month.
     
  21. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Punctuation marks are still called by their proper names. Period is a perfectly legitimate one. :)

    I'll bet you didn't celebrate National Punctuation Day last week.
     
  22. LV426 macrumors 6502a

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    The Oxford Dictionary of English defines period as a North American term. So in Britain, as mentioned by the OP, full stop is the right term to use. American Siri can do what she likes :p
     
  23. Sailor2000 macrumors newbie

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    newOS kboard shift key color & capitals / upper & lower case typing issue not resol

    Hi,

    Colour is a big part of Ease of Use on the iPhone.

    Wondering why the blue colour shift lock key on the pop up keyboard has been replaced with grey colour changes when in other apps like, Maps, Mail, Phone, Calculator, Clock, Photos, Camera, ....(almost all native apps) use colour to highlight certain functions?

    The removal of the blue colour when activating upper case typing has now slowed my overall typing down, both in landscape & portrait modes, making me less efficient at work & at home.

    The reason for this is that I use both thumbs for typing in landscape & I use both right & left thumbs for typing in portrait. While typing, my left hand is usually hovering over that area of the keyboard in both modes where the shift key is located.

    In previous iOS I could easily & quickly identify with my peripheral vision if the shift button was on, (be it locked or not) without consciously looking at it because my brain made a subconscious note of the colour blue in the bottom left hand corner.

    Now I have to pause, move my hand/thumb aside and concentrate (albeit for a split second) to check that the shift button is on. This is happening almost every Paragraph & most sentences that I type.

    I also type an upper case letter or two and have to continuously backtrack to correct it on most occasions. This simple omission/change has slowed me right down, waisting my precious time & to a lesser extent, energy.

    Like all upgrades, I give myself several weeks to see if I'll acclimatise to the new changes, and 99% of the time I do. This time however my brain can not adjust & I'm not getting any faster with out the colour shift key.

    If Johnny Ives & the Apple Engineers could bring themselves to surreptitiously put back the colour into the shift key function, I would have no thoughts about considering Samsung & would be a satisfied Apple Fan again.

    I would be very surprised if I'm the only customer who has noticed this change.

    A suggestion for consideration for the Apple Design Engineers, if not change the keyboard to upper case as suggested by others in this thread, then at the very least put the colour back into the shift key and maybe a small shift key (color) icon on the high side of the iPhone & iPad screen so we don't have to make a conscious note when we're typing. Our eyes would be able to clearly see that the shift key is on & adjust subconsciously with out slowing us down.

    Yours sincerely,

    Apple Customer :(:confused:
     
  24. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    The shift key inverts, looks different. Invert or colour, it looks different so is obvious that it is on shift lock/caps. I type a lot on my iPhone and iPad with none of your issues. Maybe I have acclimatized faster? Who knows.
     
  25. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Maybe you are just different and don't see something as much of an issue, but that doesn't really mean anything for those who do.
     

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