Apple devices without 3D Touch can now use trackpad mode to precisely place a cursor for editing

Apple devices without 3D Touch can now use trackpad mode to precisely place a cursor for editing
Apple's trackpad mode is a great way to make corrections when you're editing text on your iOS device. It allows the user to turn the virtual QWERTY on his iPhone into a trackpad that can be used for more precise placement of the cursor on the screen. Up until now, this feature was available only on iOS devices that had 3D Touch, which meant that all iPads and iPod touch models could not use it. That is, until iOS 12 was launched.

With iOS 12, the trackpad mode can be used on all Apple devices that run the latest iOS build. That means that Apple iPhone 5s and later can use the feature as can the Apple iPod touch (6th generation), all Apple iPad Pro and iPad Air tablets, the iPad mini 2 and up, and the fifth and sixth generation iPads.

To activate the feature on those models with 3D Touch, deep press anywhere on the virtual QWERTY. With the mode enabled, those using a device with 3D Touch can select a specific word by deep pressing on it. A complete paragraph can be highlighted pressing even deeper into the screen.

Devices without 3D Touch can also can enable the trackpad mode with a long press on the space bar. A long press on the space bar followed by a tap anywhere on the keyboard will open a text selection mode that will allow you to select text by moving your thumb up and down.

Keep in mind that on those iOS 12 devices running 3D Touch, you need to deep press on the screen. This means pushing down on the glass harder than normal. Those devices without 3D Touch respond to a long touch, which is based on time, not the amount of pressure placed on the screen. There is a difference. And we should point out that you'll know the mode is enabled when the letters disappear from the QWERTY keys, leaving them blank (See image at the top of this article).

source: Mashable (image credit: TapSmart)

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19 Comments

1. Budhainthemood

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

We knew that already a week ago...old news, pa:)

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

This would be for Xr without 3D touch. I use mine since 7+ and its great especially for shortcuts. Nice apple putting more and more features, you’re making android idiots butthurt.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Apple has features now? They should advertise that....

6. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

No need. Samsung will advertise this for iphones.

18. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

HAHAHA owned him.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow nice feature, wish I had this on Android. Oh, wait, been using this for 2 years now.

3. Critical54

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2016

Too bad android devices already did this. #lol

5. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

No they don't. Apple has cursor control in any direction, while Google just has back and forth swiping on the spacebar. #lol

8. Critical54

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2016

Notice how I said devices?? No??? I didn't say Android itself, Now, Let me further clarify this for you, Samsung Android devices have had this for years, Going back to the S6. Knowledge is power.

10. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

:deleted:

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Samsung note 4, 5, and 7 owner. Show me where Samsung had this? Do you mean air-view? That didn’t work as precise as 3D Touch. I can place cursor, then start selection by highlighting text, place end point of selected text (even change mind and select more/less/other text) ALL without lifting the finger. Air view was erroneous to use and is set to OFF on all my Samsung devices. It selected things I didn’t want and and didn’t pop up menues every time I hovered over. Please for the decency of innovation don’t compare 3D Touch accuracy to airview. Furthermore this is a feature that Apple had on old Apple Watch even before it was on iPhone 6S which was the first iPhone to have this (I know this because I wanted this feature on my note series year after year - and still waiting.

14. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

The S6 came out around the same time as the 6S, which debut force touch w/ cursor control. So, trying to figure out why you said “android devices already did this”, as if iPhone hasn’t already. It’s a new feature mainly for iPads, which there is no android competitors. BTW, when you say “android” devices, that’s assumed to be stock android or something Google supports.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You do know that there are more keyboards other than Google's right? I've been using this feature for over 2 years now on Android, including any direction.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

What keyboard, and how many people use the keyboard? To say “android” has “X” feature, means ALL androids have it in the core OS baked in, not a niche app. BTW, iPhones have had the feature since the iPhone 6S, so it’s pointless to say “too bad android devices already had this feature hur dur dur” How many apps do you need to install from the Play Store to get the same features as iPhones?

13. Vokilam

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

No android device has this. They don’t even have forcetouch except for that Chinese phone that only uses it to bring up camera and couple more native tasks. Apple has forcetouch implemented throughout the ecosystem including third party apps. Source: I use iPhone X.

7. path45th

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

It's the small details that makes iOS a superior iOS. One needs to actually use iOS for sometime to find out those small details.

9. Critical54

Posts: 31; Member since: May 04, 2016

You should read stuff more often.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I agree.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Just tried it out on iPad, works pretty good, and was one thing I missed from lack of 3D Touch :)

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