Typing on those little mobile device screens has always been a cumbersome process compared to typing on a full-sized keyboard, but with iOS 11, Apple intends to take away some of the sting with new features on the iPhone.

iPhones with the larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays are generally more difficult to type on with one hand than the smaller 4-inch counterparts are. Many people resort to using two hands whenever possible so that they don’t inadvertently drop their device while trying to compose a message.

To solve this problem, Apple is implementing a new one-handed keyboard, which empowers the user with the ability to move the keyboard either fully to the left or to the right of the screen with an arrow button so that typing with a single thumb is easier. This makes the new interface compatible with both left and right-handed users

The one-handed keyboard can be accessed at any time the keyboard is revealed in any app by tapping and holding on the Emoji/Globe key on the keyboard. From here, the user can choose one of the one-handed keyboard options in the menu, as shown in the screenshots above.

It’s worth noting that the size of the one-handed keyboard is tantamount to the size of the keyboard on a 4-inch device. W

Without having to over-extend your thumb to type, you reduce the risk of losing your grip on your device, which can be hazardous when walking down the sidewalk, for instance.

The concept is very similar to the jailbreak tweak OneHandWizard, which bring the entire iPhone interface down to scale so that it’s the same as a 4-inch display and can be reached with just one thumb.

Are you excited to start typing with the one-handed keyboard on your iPhone when iOS 11 drops? Or will be getting adventurous and installing the beta right now? Share in the comments section below!

  • Diego Milano

    Very similar? It looks like a clone, to be honest. Nothing special.

    • Sharkey311

      Ok, Debbie Downer.

  • MMA Rules

    In another note you can not invoke multitasking with 3D Touch, maybe it’s a bug

    • Asaf Fishkin

      Was available since iOS 9. When 3D Touch was first introduced.

    • Oh. yeah, this was actually a feature they demoed in the keynote too.

    • Jahmel Yates

      Plz Read known issues