Tuesday, June 26, 2018

iOS 12 Beta: Easier-to-Access Trackpad Mode

Federico Viticci:

Previously available only on 3D Touch-enabled iPhones or with a two-finger swipe on the iPad’s keyboard, trackpad mode can be activated in a much easier way in iOS 12: just tap & hold on the space bar until the keyboard becomes a trackpad. This mode (seemingly inspired by Gboard and other custom keyboards with a similar implementation) gives owners of iPhones without 3D Touch a way to more precisely control the cursor in text fields.

Update (2018-06-26): Craig Pearlman:

Leaving the 3D Touch alive/dead argument aside, I actually find the spacebar activation easier and more responsive even with 3D Touch.

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One of my predictions is that Apple will make the spacebar on their hardware keyboards for iPads into a similar kind of trackpad for quick positioning of the cursor.

iPad already uses two-finger drag for trackpad mode.

Oh, you said *hardware* keyboard. Never mind.

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