Wow, I found a useless iPad feature

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rworne, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. rworne macrumors 6502

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    The iPad's virtual keyboard has a neat feature: bring up the keyboard and look closely at the "F" and "J" keys. Yes, they have two raised ridges for touch typists!
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Maybe in preparation for the feedback screens?

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  3. None Such macrumors 6502

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    Haha i know! I saw that the other night and was like WTF?
     
  4. rworne thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps it's for Braille keyboards in the future?
     
  5. mox358 macrumors 6502

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    Noticed this a while back but never really gave it much thought. I just assumed they were trying to make it look as much like a Mac keyboard as possible.
     
  6. supercaliber macrumors regular

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    Holy smokes, Apple pays way too much attention to detail to have this be simply because of aesthetics
     
  7. v66jack macrumors 6502a

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    I have noticed these but never gave a thought to why they are there. Probably to help you believe its a real keyboard. There must be a reason or Apple is addicted to attention to detail.
     
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  9. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Too funny. It must be some attempt to make touch typists "look" at home even if they don't "feel" at home. :D
     
  10. Consultant macrumors G5

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    I wouldn't say it's useless. When I touch type I align my hands with those ridgets visually.
     
  11. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    Same here.
     
  12. sheppy1 macrumors 6502a

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    Haha yea I spotted this last week, I found it rather amusing too
     
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    It would be awesome if they enabled haptic for just those keys.
     
  14. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, that might've been doing a little much. One guy must have been like, hey man......just put those in there. See if anyone notices. Haha, yeah we notice.
     
  15. jtara macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps you could, though.

    I noticed that when sounds are playing, especially with low-frequency components, you can actually feel the sensation of "ridges" on the iPad's screen as you swipe it.

    (It wasn't immediately clear to me that the sound was doing this. I had to ponder a bit about why I was feeling ridges on the screen as I swiped it...)

    Since the iPad has stereo speakers, it might be possible to use beat frequencies and pulses of audio to create the sensation of a raised area in a specific area of the screen.

    Perhaps this was somebody's pet project that never quite made it to release, but the graphics did.
     
  16. hsotnicam8002 macrumors 6502

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    It's bad enough when useful topics are repeated here each time someone buys an ipad rather than searching the forum first. But now there are repeats of useless details that were discussed some weeks ago. Come on guys and gals, have a search around before choking up the forum. :(
     
  17. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

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    I know....the nerve of this guy. You should search ANYTIME you post on ANY reason you post. Matter of fact, just take away the forum format altogether and just make it a search engine on things that were already posted. And then we could start another discussion forum to talk about that great search engine on iPads over at Macrumors :rolleyes:

    Better yet, lighten up bro, life's not that bad. ;)
     
  18. CameraGeek macrumors newbie

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    Re: Wow, I found a useless iPad feature

    Couldn't agree more! Like many of us I am on numerous online forums - I don't post much here. why?

    see above! Love the info folks, but for goodness sakes would you all lighten up and drop the holier than thou crap? Wow!!!
     
  19. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    Step away from the crack pipe! :rolleyes:
     
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  21. freelander macrumors member

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    Yes but speaking as someone who does touch type they are of absolutely no use!!
     

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