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Trackpad functionality in iOS 9 QuickType keyboard also available on the iPhone

Trackpad functionality in iOS 9 QuickType keyboard also available on the iPhone
Apple's iOS 9 brings welcome improvements to many key areas of the user experience, and the QuickType keyboard is one of them. As we already pointed out, the letters displayed on keys switch between upper- and lowercase depending on the position of the Shift key. Also, if you're typing on an iPad, you'll be given Cut, Copy, and Paste shortcuts once the software update lands on your device. In addition, holding down two fingers on the QuickType keyboard will instantly turn it into a trackpad for easy cursor movement and text highlighting. And the latter isn't a feature reserved for iPads only, as it turns out.

Yes, once iOS 9 rolls out, the iPhone's stock keyboard will be given trackpad abilities as well. The new feature is quite handy and pretty easy to use, but you probably know that if you've watched the iOS 9 announcement. In a nutshell, you just hold down two fingers anywhere on the keyboard to turn it into a trackpad. Once in trackpad mode, moving your fingers highlights text. Highlighting can also be done by double-tapping with two fingers on the keyboard. Dragging two fingers instantly, without holding down on the keyboard, will only move the cursor instead of highlighting text. 

And that's just one of the many things to love about iOS 9. For a thorough run-down, check out our list of major features coming with iOS 9, as well as the minor ones found in the new software. 

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31 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

A keyboard that functions as a trackpad? Now where have I seen this before? Oh yeah, on my BlackBerry Passport. The only difference is one is a PKB and the other is a VKB. Looks like Apple "borrows" features from more than just Android...still, it will be a welcome feature nonetheless, I suppose.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude you're really pushing it, you know that right? I mean it's like saying that the smartphone is absolutely no different from the rotary phone because one can call, but uses a landline and a rotary dial, and the other can call but uses a touchscreen (which is like startrek compared to old phones)

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

No, it's not. Apple is "borrowing" this feature from BlackBerry. The only difference is the keyboard, but it's the same functionality. No shame in it. Everybody does it, right? I respect you dude, I really do. But you really can't see the forest for the Apples sometimes.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

I suppose...

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

By the way, I picked up a gold 64 gig iPhone 6 plus last week, and I'm actually enjoying it. Not a bad handset, in the least.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't really like the design over the 5s. But I'm gonna end up with 6S version this fall - as my contract ends the same time new iPhones are usually introduced. There's usually an availability problem as these things get sold out for months - this is where I try androids offerings. With app permissions and stability of android today - I may end up with that s6 edge for 2 years. We'll see. Enjoy your phone. Ask me about iOS - I know lots of things most people don't - I enjoy discovering things like teaching Siri where u shop, work, get your groceries and car parts, etc: under your own contact info (me), use the custom fields to add this info, then you can use Siri to remind you to pick up motor oil when you arrive/leave your local autozone for example. This way if you pass that store on the way home you'll get a notification. These fields can be anything not limited to home and work. Millions of thugs like that - just ask.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Cool! Thanks for the offer to help!

14. waddup121 unregistered

eyyyyyy

15. HappySocks unregistered

Did MacBooks and other notebooks/laptops see into the future and borrow this from your glorious BB as well?

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Oh look, some noob created an account just to troll me. I have a fan now. You wanna be my fangirl, noob?

18. HappySocks unregistered

Keep dodging, you're really good at it xD

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Keep being my fangirl, it's clearly what you were born for. ;)

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

And Macbook's and notebooks/laptops do not possess the same feature via keyboard, noob.

21. HappySocks unregistered

What a moron, LOL>

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

^^^What an !Diot.

24. HappySocks unregistered

"29. meanestgenius (Posts: 4716; Member since: 28 May 2014) You always know the mark of a loser and an !Diot when they have to resort to name calling, lol. " Ouch..........

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Considering that you started with the name calling first JakeLee/Bobbybuster, I had every right to reciprocate. Don't start the BS if you can't handle when it gets shoved down your throat.

26. HappySocks unregistered

" 29. meanestgenius (Posts: 4716; Member since: 28 May 2014) You always know the mark of a loser and an !Diot when they have to resort to name calling, lol. " "Considering that you started with the name calling first JakeLee/Bobbybuster, I had every right to reciprocate. Don't start the BS if you can't handle when it gets shoved down your throat." " Don't start the BS if you can't handle when it gets shoved down your throat." LOOOOOL

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "I don't have a meaningful response, so I'll keep copying and pasting meanestgenius responses." There. I fixed your post for you. LOOOOOL

28. HappySocks unregistered

There you go again. LOLOL. Jesus you are special

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

In other words: "I'm really just a lonely Internet troll that's been banned from Phonearena about 4 times already, so I'm going to keep responding to you and hope you will continue to respond to me, as I need you to justify my lonely existence." There. I fixed your post for you. Respond and prove me right. LOLOL

30. HappySocks unregistered

In other words "Im just gonna keep replying to this guy because he makes me so mad and upset, I have to show everyone on this website (whome of which I've never met in my life) that I am a big boy and can reply to such a person I make said claims about! Respond so I can respond back ! "

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for proving me right. ;) But do continue to respond and prove me right. I'm done with you here.

23. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Definitely copied from BlackBerry Passport.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

I suppose this was already on android on some lone device that was selling between March and April of 2011 or something like that. EDIT: you beat me to it, meanest. Anyways, can't wait to try it. I wonder if 2 fingers (on regular screens) = hard press on new force touch screens?

8. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

I can easily imagine all those teenagers who love to text at 100 mph with both thumbs (thanks to autocorrect) having a hard time with this. You know at some point they've got both thumbs hitting the screen at the same time and they're going to throw their keyboard into trackpad mode when they didn't mean to.

16. HappySocks unregistered

They explained their software tech that will prevent that, during WWDC.

9. gaming64 unregistered

Great feature. Now I dont have to highlight words with bars and sh+t!

10. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

An android feature copy.

11. gaming64 unregistered

This isnt featured on Android. Fail.

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