Here’s How Apple Can Improve iOS Virtual Keyboard Using Gestures [Video]

While iOS’s virtual keyboard has been one of the revolutionary features of the iPhone (and iPad), Apple hasn’t added any new features other than split keyboard feature for the iPad in iOS 5.

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.

Daniel writes:

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.

His solution:

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.

[danielchasehooper via iDownloadBlog]

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  • DillansiPhone

    Love it! 😀

    • Kimk69

      Seems like it will be a new project for ios dev/hacker Ryan Petri.

  • Mystic

    If this was included in the 5.1 update, maybe just maybe, I would hit the update button

  • IIIMPower

    Amazingly simple and intuitive! I would love to see this – hopefully someone in the jailbreak community implements this soon – or better yet, Apple.

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  • Jays_on

    Want this now!

  • Joe

    Enable mouse support. Problem solved.

    • Duh

      ^^Mouse support? HILL.AIR.RE.US

  • zOmbie sTeve

    Its going to be included in ios 6 if it comes out as a JB tweak first

  • ShAdOwXPR

    Actually he should release it as a jailbreak it will get apples attention that way if people are using it…