Chronic typists, especially those who use the iOS platform for such works, will find that the process of adding a period to the end of a sentence is somewhat cumbersome. This is due to how the iOS keyboard is designed, initially necessitating that the user enters a second keyboard state comprised of other symbols just to access the period key.
As you begin using the keyboard in the Safari web browser, however, you’ll notice that a period key naturally appears adjacent to the space bar to make inputting periods easier – this is a valuable asset when inputting URLs. If you, like me, wish that the keyboard experience was exactly like this system-wide, then you’re probably going to appreciate a new jailbreak tweak dubbed AdjacentPeriod by iOS developer Mikeneko.
As shown in the screenshot examples above, AdjacentPeriod merely enables the Safari-style keyboard system-wide. With the tweak installed, the period key will always appear adjacent to the space bar as shown, regardless of what app you might be using.
Typists will immediately recognize just how helpful this is, especially since periods are one of the most essential components of proper sentence structure and perhaps one of the most frequently used symbols on the entire iOS keyboard. It’s a minor upgrade, but one that will save lots of time while typing overall.
AdjacentPeriod doesn’t come with any options to configure, and it doesn’t need any because it simply implements the one feature it was designed to do. If you ever wanted to revert back to a stock keyboard, you would simply uninstall the tweak.
While we enjoy the concept behind the tweak, that enjoyment is bittersweet. Perhaps our most substantial gripe with AdjacentPeriod is that the tweak costs $0.99 in the Twickd repository. We can’t think of any productive reasons as to why this tweak should cost anything given that it’s such a simplistic and low-effort tweak; in fact, it seems more like a money-grab than anything else. Given the circumstances, it’s likely that a Robin Hood developer will soon create a free alternative.
We should also note that AdjacentPeriod is compatible with jailbroken installations of iOS 10, 11, 12, and 13.
Is the AdjacentPeriod tweak enough of a necessity to you that you’d consider spending $0.99 for it, or will you wait for a free alternative to pop up? Let us know in the comments section below.