iPad Split Keyboard Has 6 Hidden Keys to Make Typing Even Easier

Feb 5, 2012 - 4 Comments

Hidden Keys on iPad Split Keyboard

Did you know the split iPad keyboard in iOS 5 includes six hidden ‘phantom’ keys that make typing even easier?

The hidden keys are Y, H, B, T, G, and V, and technically they’re just duplicates of the keys directly across from each other while the touch keyboard is split in two. This makes some of our quirkier and habitual typing gestures still work despite the fact that the user is technically typing onto nothing. Try it out yourself.

I had no idea this existed, but this great find from Finer Things has made the rounds on the web and does a great job of emphasizing how Apple pays attention to even the littlest things in their quest to protect the user from their own error and frustration.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Tom says:

    Now that is cool!!!! Thanks so much ;-)

  2. shane says:

    y’see, I “discovered” this when I missed keys and got letters I wasn’t expecting. THAT was aggravating.

  3. […] tip for when holding the iPad in your hands. It’s also very forgiving, because there are 6 hidden keys that let you type the letters directly across from each other if you accidentally tap in that […]

  4. […] a traditional keyboard, the iOS virtual keyboards are very forgiving. Between auto-correct and the hidden keys, you can get away with being quite clumsy with your typing and the words will usually still end up […]

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