iPad typos – fat fingers or Apple’s fault?

iPad typos – fat fingers or Apple’s fault?
Typing on an iPad often requires a certain degree of precision and/or patience. Most of us assume the screen is a bit to cramp for optimal typing or chalk our blunders up to a classic case of fat fingers. Dave Addey did some tests filming his typing on an iPad and the results are interesting to say the least.

In his experiment, Addey typed an unfamiliar paragraph. The results are, he made three legitimate errors, however, the keyboard accounted for an additional 20 errors. Of those 20 input errors, autocorrect only matched to snag 8 of them. As you can see below, Addey’s typos are in green, blue text was corrected by autocorrect, and everything in red was left as is.


This test was conducted using Pages, but he also repeated his experiment in Notes and Mail. Finding similar results in all three programs lends him to hypothesize that the soft keyboard may be deliberately dropping keys to maintain a smooth performance, but it is definitely not passing all registered key presses to the application. You can view his test in its entirety in the slow motion video below.



source: RegHardware

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31 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Phonearena this is a silly question to ask and in all honesty is a down right insult to apple. Apple is never wrong for anything,NO apple product has ever been faulty or not work properly and if any users have problems typing on the ipad then its entirely due to fat fingers,very poor hand eye co-ordination,and/or the user is not using their fingers properly in a regular human manner and is advised to seek medical help as soon as possible.

3. matt1q2aw3

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

He who dies with the most toys wins!

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

andro, if Apple is never wrong for anything, then why does Apple release updates? I use a pen when typing on my ipad -- while it reduces me to typing with one finger, it's accurate and doesn't leave fingerprints.

15. RicNP

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

SARCASM: 1. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound. 2. A form of wit that is marked by the use of sarcastic language and is intended to make its victim the butt of contempt or ridicule

18. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

There's the problem -- the absence of wit. andro needs to work on his wit as he is a bit wit-challenged.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

That makes 2 of u then. Lol

25. DroidMePlease

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 08, 2011

sounds like someone's butthurt their sarcasm radar was off

29. deathdvc

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

Swype rules da world!!! No more fat fingers

2. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

antenna gate battery gate and a yellowish tint on screen on iphone. now this! my day is just getting better and better.

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you must have a horrible life when it depends on bad news Apple for you to have a good day

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i was implementing that iphone does indeed make faulty products just like some other manufacturers contradictory to what many people say. it's my opinion to not like apple if i want to. right to free speech 5th amendment look it up. it is my right to say what i want.

6. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

You were implementing? So does the 5th amendment now give the right you misuse words? Awesome!!

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Are you serious? Fifth amendment? I hope you're joking.

9. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

Ok, so i took your advice and looked up the Fifth Amendment. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. So.....yeah. You are dumb

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

"implementing" -- what does that mean? As for right to free speech and 5th amendment, these ideas do not apply here since phonearena.com is a private concern. If you haven't read the terms of use agreement, then I suggest that you do that now!

16. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The appearance of "implementing" in your comment makes me think that autocorrect is not necessarily a good feature - especially if you don't pay attention to what it inserts.

23. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

well i am sorry if i am 15 we teens tend to have literary mistakes, also history mistakes in the case of me referencing the 5th.

26. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

If you are indeed 15, I apologize for referring to you as dumb. However, you should also learn not to try to sound intelligent if you are unsure of what you are talking about.

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Agreed gallito.

12. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

hi taco

10. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Its apples fault!!

11. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

the hands with the hands on the fingers looks creepy! lol

27. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

i agree, but also think it cool. you could be spidermans sidekick...Geckoboy! lol

17. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Funny thing was experiencing a typo*just nw* when scatting n Skype...logged on PH & I see this(thoughtful article)...I seem 2 experience dis more on my iPad than my phone buh I think it's mostly my fault.

19. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

The iPad keyboard sucks...especially the auto correct.....especially the fact that it doesn't remember the words you use most often (it always auto corrects my last name so emails and enything else gets changed). Is there an alternate keyboard app?

20. PaulNotFromSweden

Posts: 55; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

And what is the reason for the typos in the article? I don't think you can blame Apple, or was it typed on an iPad? Would someone please edit these articles before they're posted. Yes this is harsh, but if you want to be taken seriously, you have to write like you've at least passed the 8th grade.

22. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Honestly the only on screen keyboards that I like are swype and ics stock keyboard which is phenomenal. The ipad is too wide to type long things comfortably and honeycombs autocorrect is hit or miss in portrait mode for some reason though it works much better in landscape.

28. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Try swiftkey, I thoroughly enjoy it. Its a paid app but I got it off of amazon market when it was the free app of the day, and haven't used anything else since

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i got it during the 10 cent sale. i used it for like 2 days and couldnt get used to it. I use thumb keyboard on my tablet as its better than stock. tried quite a few but it wasnt until swype that i was able to let go of a real keyboard.

24. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

why couldn't there have been a side by side comparison with iphone keyboard vs android? wouldn't that have been a little more fair? maybe android stumbles on the same words.. maybe less... maybe even more... this seems to just be sort of... well... engineered for a certain response really.

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