Touch Bar on new MacBook Pro will show function keys when using Windows via Bootcamp

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 28, 2016

Apple yesterday unveiled the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, a completely redesigned, thinner machine that shifts away from traditional computer ports in place of Thunderbolt 3 and replaces the function key row of the keyboard with a new versatile Touch Bar that dynamically changes based on the app you’re in.

So that might raise the question: what happens when you boot into Windows on your MacBook Pro with Bootcamp? Read More


20 cool things you can do with the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 27, 2016

One of the new flagship features on the 2016 MacBook Pro is the new Touch Bar. This is essentially a versatile OLED bar at the top of your keyboard that replaces the function keys with software-based buttons that change based on what app you’re in and what you’re doing.

In this post, we’ll mention 20 awesome things you can do with the Touch Bar on your new MacBook Pro. Read More


No Escape key on OLED MacBook Pro? Sierra lets you remap its function to a modifier key

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 26, 2016

With less than 24 hours away until Apple’s “Hello again” Mac event, images of an unreleased MacBook Pro found in the latest macOS Sierra 10.12.1 update have all but confirmed a rumored OLED touch bar replacing the row with hardware function keys.

The Internet immediately complained about the apparent loss of the hardware Escape key that seems to have fallen victim to these programmable OLED keys. While the OLED Bar could display a soft-Escape key in the left corner, users can now assign its function to one of the hardware modifier keys.

As Jeff Geerling first noted yesterday, the latest macOS 10.12.1 Sierra update now conveniently lets you remap an Escape action to a Caps Lock, Control, Option or Command modifier key—which wasn’t possible in earlier macOS editions. Read More


One more hint that the next MacBook Pro will have OLED touch bar

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

If you need another “proof” that the next MacBook Pro will indeed feature an OLED touch bar in place of the function key row, feel free to comb through system resources in the macOS Sierra 10.12.1 software update which released yesterday.

As first discovered by MacRumors reader Gabriel Lorin, the System Preferences assets for the Mac’s virtual keyboard now come with refreshed image assets depicting an updated keyboard layout which no longer shows the standard row of function keys. Read More


How to enable Apple’s hidden one-handed keyboard [Jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 21, 2016

OneHanded is a new free jailbreak tweak that enables the recently dicovered one-handed keyboard, which includes the extra text editing buttons in the keyboard itself.

It’s designed to work on iPhones with larger displays, and if you have trouble typing on these kinds of devices without using two hands, then this tweak might be worth trying out. Read More


One-handed iPhone keyboard discovered in iOS code, invoked by edge swipes on the keys

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Last night, developer Steven Troughton-Smith discovered within iOS code a previously unknown one-handed iPhone keyboard. The unused keyboard is not exposed to users. It has left and right mode, invoked by an edge swipe on the keys, and has been present since at least iOS 8, Troughton-Smith said. Will Apple ever enable it for users? Read More


Google’s iOS keyboard gains 3D Touch trackpad, new themes, iOS 10 emojis & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Google’s Gboard keyboard for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was bumped to version 1.2 on the App Store this morning, gaining a few new features such as more than a dozen new themes, support for trackpad-like functionality on 3D Touch devices akin to the stock QuickType keyboard, the ability to search and share your contacts without leaving the conversation and support for the new iOS 10 emojis. Read More


WSJ: e-ink keyboards will be a standard feature on 2018 MacBooks

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2016

Following The Guardian’s report, based on a verified post on Reddit alleging that Apple recently met with representatives from Australian startup Sonder Design to discuss using its dynamic keyboard technology in a future Magic Keyboard, The Wall Street Journal has corroborated that such talks took place on October 11 in China.

However, Sonder CEO Francisco Serra-Martin denied in a press release that the meeting took place. Be that as it may, WSJ claims that the new dynamic keyboards will be a standard feature on next-generation MacBook laptops, which Apple is aiming to launch in 2018. Read More


Confirmed: Apple held talks with Sonder on using e-ink for a dynamic Magic Keyboard

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2016

An exciting story yesterday, based on a sketchy Reddit report, alleged Apple could use dynamic keyboard technology from Australian startup Sonder, part of Foxconn’s International Holding’s Incubator program. It would presumably permit the Cupertino company to engineer a keyboard with a tiny e-ink display on each key so that the layout could change depending on the app being used.

British newspaper The Guardian confirmed that discussions between members of Apple’s boss Tim Cook and representatives from Sonder Keyboard indeed took place. Read More


Next-gen Magic Keyboard reportedly in the works with e-ink display on every single key

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 12, 2016

According to a post by an anonymous user named “Foxconninsider” that surfaced Wednesday morning on Reddit, Apple is allegedly working with a startup called Sonder on a next-generation Magic Keyboard that’s supposedly outfitted with an individual e-ink display on every single key.

Having e-ink-enhanced keys would let the graphics on each individual key change depending on the app currently in use. To me, that sounds a lot like an OLED strip that the rumor-mill believes will be debuting on the next MacBook Pro. Read More


StickyCaps retains your caps lock when switching keyboards

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 9, 2016

StickyCaps is a new free jailbreak tweak in Cydia that aims to make using the caps lock function on the keyboard ‘sticky’ so you can switch between other keyboards on your device without the caps lock function automatically disabling itself. Read More


PredictionShortcuts adds cut, copy, and paste buttons above the keyboard

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 30, 2016

Text editing can be so cumbersome on the iOS platform, mostly because of having to tap and hold on text to select it and then having to wait for the editing menu to appear on the screen afterwards.

Fortunately, a new free jailbreak tweak called PreditctionShortcuts adds cut, copy, and paste options right to the QuickType section of the keyboard for ease of access. Best of all, it doesn’t even impede on your ability to use the predictive typing features. Read More


Typeeto lets you use your MacBook as a Bluetooth keyboard for your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 27, 2016

While lots of people aspire to have a Bluetooth keyboard to use to type on their iPhone or iPad, not everyone has a pocket deep enough to go out and purchase another peripheral.

Fortunately, an app called Typeeto lets you use the keyboard built into your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro to type on your iOS devices. Read More


BetterTextSelection makes precise paragraph text selection possible on iOS

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 21, 2016

There are a lot of people who get away with using iOS‘ text selection just fine, but there are others who hate the way it’s implemented and find using it to be a pain in the hind quarters.

A new free jailbreak tweak release called BetterTextSelection aims to make the text selection feature in iOS a little more precise, especially in the context of selecting large excerpts of text from blocky paragraphs on a web page. Read More


How to invoke Siri with a keyboard shortcut on Mac

By Sébastien Page on Sep 20, 2016

Your favorite assistant has finally made its way to the Mac, starting with the macOS Sierra software update that was recently released.

If you have used Siri on your iPhone or iPad before, then you’ll probably feel right at home with the assistant on your Mac since it works in a similar way. However, unlike your iPhone, you don’t have the ability to invoke Siri on your Mac by saying “Hey, Siri.” Instead, you will have to click on the Siri icon in the Menu Bar, or in the Dock.

Another way to invoke Siri is by using a keyboard shortcut. Admittedly, this is my preferred way of activating the assistant as it feels faster and more efficient than reaching for the mouse or trackpad and clicking on the Siri icon. Read More


MusicalKeyboard makes instrumental sounds as you type on your iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 17, 2016

You’re probably accustomed to hearing the typical keyboard clicks as you type on your iPhone, but a new jailbreak tweak called MusicalKeyboard aims to make things a little more interesting by playing the sounds of musical instruments instead. Read More


Quick Send relocates the Send button in Quick Reply for your app notifications

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 14, 2016

The native quick reply interface in iOS is useful because you can respond to several kinds of notifications from many different apps from almost anywhere in iOS. On the other hand, the Send button is in an awkward place, and that’s what a new free jailbreak tweak called Quick Send hopes to fix. Read More


Quickly change between open documents on your Mac with this keyboard shortcut

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 13, 2016

Sometimes while handing document files on your Mac, you may end up opening more than one at the same time so you can copy and paste excerpts, or to make modifications to a document while reading another.

Making life easier for switching between those multiple open document files is a handy keyboard shortcut that works not only with Apple’s Pages app, but also with Microsoft Word and a slew of other apps. Read More


AutoPaste makes using GIF keyboards easier on jailbroken iPhones

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 17, 2016

There are a lot of people out there who love using GIF images as a way of expressing their feelings, and it would seem that jailbreak developer Ryan Petrich is no different.

With a new beta jailbreak tweak release he’s calling AutoPaste, he aims to make sharing GIF images in your favorite messaging apps with third-party GIF keyboards from the App Store faster and easier than before. Read More


Google’s iOS keyboard gains dark theme, GIF suggestions & expanded language support

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 4, 2016

Following its debut on the App Store nearly three months ago, Google’s gesture-driven predictive keyboard for the iPhone and iPad—called Gboard—today received its first feature-focused update. Gboard 1.1 for iOS, a free download, includes a darker keyboard theme, smart GIF suggestions and increased global availability with language support for English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal) and Spanish (Spain). Read More

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