Cool New iOS 5 Features: Add Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

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Another day, another nice new iOS 5 feature for us to enjoy on the iPad: today’s is the ability to add your own keyboard shortcuts.

In iOS 5 you can add your own keyboard shortcuts via the Settings app, and the Keyboard section of it. These shortcuts are used so that you can just type a few characters quickly to render a commonly used phrase. There’s even a default one added for you – ‘omw’ for ‘On my way’. I added ‘brb’ for Be right back and another one just for my amusement while taking a first look at this new feature.

This is another little feature that’s not earthshaking, but just helps you do things a little faster. There are third party apps around that do similar things, but having this baked right into the operating system will be a step up.

Patrick Jordan

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