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.
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.