iPad Keyboard in iOS 5: Split It, Move It Up and Down the Page, Dock It

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iPad split keyboard in iOS 5

In iOS 5 the iPad keyboard isn’t static anymore. It’s got a few new tricks up its sleeve:

– You can split it in two by just using a natural tap and spread gesture, and you’ll end up with roughly half of the keyboard on the left, and roughly half on the right. To put it back together you can use fingers again to tap and push it back together, or you can tap and hold on the Hide Keyboard key and choose Dock and Merge. That will merge the keyboard back together and place it back down at the bottom of the page, in its ‘docked’ position.

– The iPad keyboard can also be moved up and down the screen. To do this you just tap and hold on the Hide Keyboard key and drag it to where you’d like it placed. You can move the keyboard around like this when it is split and when it is merged back together.

iPad keyboard can be moved in iOS 5

These changes take some getting used to, and there definitely some tradeoffs when using them. For instance, splitting the keyboard may make it more comfortable to type at times, but it also makes the individual keys substantially smaller. but

I’m still getting used to these new features for the iPad keyboard in iOS 5, but for now I’d say it’s quite nice to have them as options.

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

5 thoughts on “iPad Keyboard in iOS 5: Split It, Move It Up and Down the Page, Dock It

  1. Hah! This is exactly what OmmWriter for iPad was working on…a movable keyboard. Now just a little less eager to give the app a shot.

  2. I just bough an iPad last weekend. Will there be a free upgrade to iOS 5? I would like thhe new keyboard.

    • Yes, absolutely. All iOS upgrades for the iPad and the iPhone have always been free. The update to iOS 5 will be released this Fall by Apple, and will be available via iTunes or possibly even as an ‘over the air’ update.

  3. Actually*** They haven´t always been free, I payed $9.99 for iOS 2 back in 09 and it wasn’t until later that apple decided to make these updates free, anywho they’re definetilty free now.

    Greeting from Ecuador. ;)