My iPad QuickType Strategy for iOS 8.1.2

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Because third party keyboards are still so inexplicably unstable on iOS 8.1.2, I’m trying to see if I can just use Apple’s own QuickType keyboard. I liked using Fleksy and Nintype because they saved me keystrokes by predicting my words, or by correcting me in such a way that I don’t need to focus on accuracy while typing.

QuickType seems to do a bit of both, and it can be satisfying to watch the animations play above the keyboard as the system tries to guess what I’m going to say next. However, I find I’m so used to typing on touch devices that I often out-pace QuickType’s attempts to help me out. My fingers just end up flying faster than the animations can play out.

So I’m trying a different approach for a little while in an effort to retrain the way I operate on a software keyboard.

  • I now type a little slower so that the software can guess what I’ll say next
  • For words shorter than five characters, I’ll just type them out fully.
  • For words over five characters, I’ll type the first four or five letters and let QuickType suggest options for me

It’s the early days yet, but this seems like a happy medium while I wait for Apple to make third party keyboards a viable option. That has to happen someday…right?


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