Folks at iDownloadBlog point us to a concept video by YouTube user danielchasehooper, which shows how Apple could improve the iOS virtual keyboard using gestures.
Tapping directly on text to move the cursor works well for small portions of text, but we don’t just write short portions of text anymore! When performing lots of edits in larger documents the direct interaction metaphor falls apart for cursor control. Even short portions of text can be painful to edit when you need to move the cursor to a precise location. Would you ever want to write a document on your computer without using the arrow keys? This is the reality iPad users face because they do not have the equivalent of arrow keys. There is a better way.
Take advantage of gestures by making a drag over the keyboard UI move the cursor. Move the cursor in word increments when dragging with two fingers. And finally, let the user select text while dragging when they hold down shift.
He has demonstrated the changes in the video below:
It’s a clever way to implement gestures on the virtual keyboard. If you loved the idea, Daniel has also provided instructions here on how you can request Apple to incorporate these changes in future iOS software updates.
We won’t be too surprised if someone from the jailbreak community releases a jailbreak tweak that brings these features to iOS virtual keyboard.