The Hidden Surprise In iPad’s iOS 5 Split Screen Keyboard – 6 keys That You Did Not Know Existed

by on February 5, 2012

iOS  5 with it’s release bought more than 200+ changes for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch, at-least according to Apple anyway. Some of them are fairly obvious and noticeable, such as the Android inspired Notification Center, Tabbed browsing and Newsstand, but most of them were fairly invisible. Turns out one of these changes happens to be six invisible keys on the iPad’s split screen keyboard that most of us never knew existed.

The Split screen keyboard was introduced by Apple for the iPad 2 on iOS 5, and was a no-brainer actually. The need for a split screen keyboard was really felt on the original iPad, as the ergonomics of the iPad made us yearn for a keyboard that didn’t require us to remove our hands from the sides if one wanted to type something on the Screen.


Split screen keyboard was the obvious answer for this dilemma. Split screen keyboard functionality is one of the popular favorites on the iPad 2, as it has made possible to hold the iPad 2 and type at the same time possible, along with typing e-mails a breeze.

However Apple being Apple, they had also placed a few invisible keys around the middle of the Split screen keyboard. The reason for their placement is to prevent accidental touches when typing at the far end of the on screen keyboard, which is prone to mis-types when using the Thumbs. These keys make it easy to access the Y,H,B,T,G, and V keys without the use of your other hand.

split screen keyboard

Now this may not seem so significant but the fact is different people type in different days. So if you were to type in landscape mode and the Split screen keyboard would split in a pre-defined manner, one might face difficulty in typing if you are accustomed to type in a different manner. Like you would have to reach over to the other side of the screen to type the letter “T” for example.

Seems like Apple had the foresight to prevent this that’s why they incorporated these phantom keys on the Keyboard. You can go ahead and give it a try yourself and leave your comments on the matter below.

(via TNW)

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dennis Walrus Korn February 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm

straight from Redmond pie. cool.


Jamie Tuffs February 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm
Jamie Tuffs February 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

Enable FaceTime Over 3G In iOS 5 with no software…use ifile and Browse through to /System/Library/CoreServices/ Open the file named N90AP.plist or what one you have start with N ok open it up and find capabilities
and under is one put in 3Gvenice
and save it then do a reboot and now you can use 3g on facetime now with no software


Jamie Tuffs February 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

Enable iOS 5 Autocorrect Keyboard Bar On iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPad 2/1, iPod use ifile and Browse through to user/library/preferences and find open it as text and put in KeyboardAutocorrectionListsYES under buddysetupdone and save it reboot. it you don’t like it just delete KeyboardAutocorrectionListsYESsave then reboot and you will have old key pad back don’t need software for this to i might post more tweaks that you don’t need software from cydia to do it


Munir Moosa February 7, 2012 at 12:51 am

this ain’t new feature apple told us od wwdc 2011


Leonard Ken Cesneros February 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

cool! i didn’t know ipad 2 has a split screen keyboard feature! i’m using this feature now in typing this… it’s awesome :D


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