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Did you know that there are six hidden keys on the iPad’s split keyboard that could help you type faster? I use the iPad for typing anything which is longer or URL in Safari or a line or two of an e-mail, and when I do use the keyboard, I rarely split it. This tip from a post on iPad Insight, however, might make me reconsider using the split keyboard. Lurking along the inside edges of the split keyboard are six hidden keys. They simply repeat three of the available keys on the opposite side of the keyboard, but these hidden keys might help touch typists type faster. Here’s the deal: instead of using your right thumb to reach the Y, H, and B keys, which are the left-most keys on the right side of the split keyboard, you can type those letters by tapping just off the right edge of the left side of the split keyboard. And the reverse is true for the T, G, and V keys. If my explanation is confusing, just look at this image to see where these six hidden keys reside:
To see the iPad’s split keyboard in action, check out video post here. And if the onscreen keyboard isn’t your thing, then perhaps you need an iPad keyboard case; Scott Stein picks his favorites. Do you have any iPad typing tips? And do you think these hidden keys might aid your iPad typing efforts? Let me know in the comments below. They have already shown quite a bit of what iOS 5 has to offer for both the iPhone and iPad. This time we are going to show you something that is specific to just the iPad. Steve Jobs announced a new split keyboard for the iPad at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June. The split keyboard is currently only available on the iPad and allows for a different typing experience, but one that aims to improve the user experience. To activate the split keyboard, with the default keyboard visible, drag two fingers from the middle of the keyboard towards each side of the screen. It doesn’t make a difference if you are in portrait or landscape mode, the keyboard will then split into two halves, hugging the edge of the screen on each side. Make sure to check out the video above for a more visual demonstration. What are your thoughts on the new split keyboard? Is this something you see yourself using, or something that is to be used once and never again?
Smartphone users champing at the bit for the next iPhone could get a taste of it by June. The latest rumors about Apple’s flagship phone suggest that the iPhone 5 could be announced in June at Apple’s next Worldwide Developers Conference. This latest report comes from analysts at Daiwa Securities as reported by the Chinese newspaper Commercial Times. The folks at 9to5Mac are predicting that WWDC will be held from June 10 to 15 this year.
The new scuttlebut follows a recent report from 9to5Mac also pointing to a summer release for the next iPhone. Citing a “reliable source at Foxconn in China,” the Apple blog site said that samples of the iPhone 5 are already “floating around” Apple. The new phone reportedly will sport a 4-inch or larger display, with a form factor that differs from the iPhone 4 and 4S in both length and width.
If true, it means Apple will be returning to its usual schedule of unveiling the new iPhone in June. Last year marked an change of pace with the iPhone 4S not reaching the market until October. The iPhone 5, as presumably it will be called this time around, will continue to use the current glass-to-glass touch panel technology, according to the Daiwa analysts, benefiting Apple’s touch panel suppliers, including TPK Holding and Wintek. People who bought the iPhone 4 in June of 2010 will of course be eligible to grab the iPhone 5 this time around. But those of you who went for the iPhone 4S last October will either have to wait or break your contract to pick up Apple’s next-gen phone.