Apple has built its brand on attention to detail. The company has been known to spend months going over the tiniest components of a product to ensure perfection. Why do you think its devices come so terrifically packaged?

Apple’s obsession with the tiny details even spills over into iOS, and the folks over at iPhoneinCanada have found a perfect example. Have you ever noticed how the dictation button changes color when you add another keyboard?

Last week we showed you how to add a shortcut to Emoji icons on your iOS keyboard. You do this by adding a new keyboard through the International Keyboard tab in the Settings app. When you do this, the dictation key changes to the same color as the spacebar. Why?

It’s because Apple wants to make sure that people are aware that the dictation key actually doubles as a spacebar extension. A double press of the Siri key on the keyboard inserts a space within text just like the spacebar does. How’s that for details?

  • Gabe

    Lol? Why not just oress space?

    • Fırat


    • Observant

      Because the space bar is consequently smaller when international keyboards are present.

  • Jeff

    Sounds more like a fluke than an intentional feature…. who cares about having an extra 20 pixels on your spacebar…..

  • Larz

    Definitely a feature! Those extra pixels count. It’s frustrating when I switch languages instead of entering a space.
    No way this is a fluke. I can’t be the only one who types on the left end of the space key with my left thumb.

  • schuss

    This makes tons of sense for two thumbed typers – it keeps the spacebar proportioned the same from left to right and evenly centered. Nice.

  • MrA


  • Buck

    kind of dumb. it should be one tap to space and double to dictate. otherwise it’s easier to always hit space anyways

    • Ozgur


    • Q


  • Anthony

    No, it isn’t a double tap that makes a space. It’s hitting the Siri Key directly after typing any other letter that causes it to generate a space. So if I accidentally press the Siri key in the middle of typing a sentence, it will insert a space. So yes, it looks like a deliberate and clever feature.

    • zYx

      Yeah, what double tap??

      • iWant4S

        I don’t get the double tap feature either. Even pressing single doesn’t do anything unless you press space bar first and then SIRI. It will put a period after the previous typed word.

  • Pl0xs

    How do you enable the dictation icon?

  • Anonymous

    Ok this doesn’t seem to do anything other then activate the dictation (3 balls).

    My iDevice is a 4s.


    • Hayley

      You have to be typing fast.