Letters, numbers and punctuation marks are now all on the same keyboard on your iPad, no more switching back and forth, thanks to a flick-down gesture that lets you type various symbols without pressing the Shift key or the “123” key.
If you ever use the predictive keyboard to type faster responses to people from your device, then you’re likely familiar with those ugly separator lines in between the suggested words and the unappealing difference in background color that the buttons have when compared with the rest of the keyboard.
A new free jailbreak tweak called KB – NoPredictiveBackground by pxcex removes the background color and lines from the predictive keyboard buttons, leaving you with much cleaner-looking buttons.
One of the cool new features of iOS 10 is the ability to input Emojis through the predictive row at the top of the keyboard that tries to guess what you’re trying to say before you say it.
When you express certain words, iOS 10 will recommend Emojis to communicate the word instead, and a new free jailbreak tweak called EmojiSuggest brings this functionality to jailbroken iOS 9 devices as well.
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.
Over the course of the years, iOS has brought out some important keyboard enhancements aimed at boosting your typing efficiency and productivity on iPads. In addition, the look and feel of the keyboard has been refreshed with a new typeface and lowercase keys commonly found on Android keyboards.
Lowercase keys not only affect Apple’s stock QuickType keyboard, but other keyboards that use a Shift key to switch between uppercase and lowercase letters. Should you, for any reason, dislike lowercase keys and would like to switch back to all-uppercase design, you can do so easily with just a few taps.
iOS 9 contains a new QuickType feature that lets you slide two fingers on the iPad’s screen to activate a trackpad-esque mode. Called “easy text selection”, this feature lets iPad users control the cursor by sliding two fingers anywhere on the screen, including over the keyboard, to select, edit, and move text.
While easy text selection appeared in the initial iOS 9 beta for the iPhone, it was thereafter removed and has remained an iPad-only feature up until now. But, as has been highlighted by a user on Reddit, the easy text selection is making an iPhone comeback, as long as you own a new iPhone 6s.
That’s because easy text selection has been rolled into the new 3D Touch suite for the iPhone 6s. Indeed, you’ll be able to use the trackpad-like features on the iPhone, but only on the new iPhones.
During its WWDC presentation today, Apple introduced several new enhancements for its keyboard in iOS on iPhone and iPad. These changes include a redesigned shift key for distinguishing capital letters, lowercase, and caps lock. Additionally, key lettering now switches between upper and lowercase depending on which variation of a letter will be typed, which is another tool Apple is using to more clearly define what letter case mode the shift key is in, and adds ShowCase to the list of jailbreak tweaks Apple has turned into stock features with iOS 9.