Did You Know There Are Six Hidden Buttons on the iPad’s Split Keyboard?

By , Feb 4, 2012

The ability to split up the iPad’s keyboard is one of my favorite lesser-known features in iOS 5. I don’t use it all the time. But it really comes in handy when I need to rattle off an email or conjure up other large bodies of text.

Apple obviously put a lot of thought into getting the split keyboard just the right size for its tablet, and it shows. In fact, there are even some elements of the keyboard that you can’t see. Did you know there were hidden buttons on the iPad’s split keyboard?

As noted by TheNextWeb, the iPad keyboard, when split in half, contains 6 hidden buttons. These phantom keys help prevent accidental mis-touches, and allow you to access the letters Y,H,B,T,G, and V without having to use your opposite hand.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Apple play with virtual tap spaces in iOS. Last year we told you about how the Dictation mic, which is embedded into the keyboard, turns into an extension of the space bar when the international keyboard icon is active.

These invisible design tweaks really speak to Apple’s attention to detail, and its focus on the user experience. To view the iPad’s split keyboard, simply place a finger on either side of the keyboard and drag it apart.

Have you noticed these hidden iPad keys before?

[Finer Things]

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  • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

    This is good to know; thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/tcgehman Thomas C. Gehman

    That’s COOL.

  • Matt Lewis

    Makes me want an iPad even more, maybe next time around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacer.lee Jacer Lee

    i know of this long ago, now where is ikeywi for ipad or 5-row keyboard for ipad? long awaited tweak i would love =(

    • http://twitter.com/Rirath Rirath

      Agreed. ikeywi is working great for me on the iPhone, but I really wish he’d make it universal.

  • Guy Goldenberg

    How do they think about those things????

  • Guy Goldenberg

    How do they think about these thing

  • Timour Omar Rashed

    Never knew about the 6 hidden keys, thanks

  • http://twitter.com/KeBaBINHO92 KeBaBINHO

    can i split my keyboard on my ipad 2 on ios 4?

    • http://twitter.com/M0esmac Modest Noreika – Moo


  • Melvin Wong

    cool! good for my typing :D

  • Anonymous

    This is intersting..

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I give up. How do you enable the split keyboard?

    I tried this, but it doesn’t do anything:
    Settings | General | Keyboard | Split Keyboard = On

    Is there something I am missing?

    • Anonymous

      Nevermind… Google is my friend…

      • http://twitter.com/r0ckst3p Antonio

        Use your fingers to split it ;)

  • Marek Ratvaj

    well, this is just another proof of Apple´s detailism

  • Dan

    nice attention to details, but personally I can’t type with the split keyboard, drives me crazy

  • http://twitter.com/GtotheFO G

    Just like you said, things like this really show Apple’s attention to detail!