Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jan 2016 00:18 UTC
Apple

All of the new features introduced in iOS 9.x (plus the iPad Pro) point to Apple's intentions for the iPad, which still sells fairly well but has experienced a steady year-over-year sales slide for every quarter since early 2014. Like the iPhone, the iPad will continue to be a touch-first platform that assumes you're using the touchscreen as the primary method of input, but it will continue to pick up more "computer-y" features that make better use of its larger screen and more powerful internal hardware.

With that in mind, here are a few iPad-specific feature requests for iOS 10, all of which balance the iPad's traditional strengths and the needs of people more used to "traditional" desktop OSes.

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Meh
by WorknMan on Wed 20th Jan 2016 01:17 UTC
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

I'll be happy if they just put a damn number row on the keyboard. PLEASE, Apple? Even Swiftkey on iOS doesn't have this feature, last time I checked.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Meh
by Kochise on Wed 20th Jan 2016 08:17 UTC in reply to "Meh"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

I bet they're grown enough to know better than you what you need.

And you just need a new device with a revolution : a number row on the keyboard.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Meh
by judgen on Wed 20th Jan 2016 10:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Or a revolution again without type input! How about that, everyone sitting on the bus screaming at their phones different commands to get it to type whatever they want. LOL!

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Meh
by Kochise on Wed 20th Jan 2016 10:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Provided they get enough carrier coverage for Google Now/Siri/Cortana/whatever to compute the commands.

This world is going downhill with the technology. Remember the MIR space station joke ? A simple pencil vs. and overengineered pen...

BTW the Android keyboard -and text selection- is already pretty awful and there's room for improvements.

Reply Score: 2

RE[4]: Meh
by David on Wed 20th Jan 2016 19:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Meh"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

I agree with your point, but the pencil vs pen analogy you're referring to is an urban legend. Both Russia and the US used the "space pen" and they both paid the normal, reasonable retail price for them (with a bulk discount): http://mentalfloss.com/article/13103/russians-didnt-just-use-pencil...

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Meh
by darknexus on Wed 20th Jan 2016 13:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Or a revolution again without type input! How about that, everyone sitting on the bus screaming at their phones different commands to get it to type whatever they want. LOL!

No need to imagine, just come visit the states for a bit and ride our excuses for transit systems.

Reply Score: 3

RE: Meh
by darknexus on Wed 20th Jan 2016 16:29 UTC in reply to "Meh"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I'll be happy if they just put a damn number row on the keyboard

Seconded, especially on iPads. I hate having to switch to another keyboard layer just for entering one fscking number.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Meh
by phoenix on Wed 20th Jan 2016 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Forget about adding another row to a keyboard that already takes up too much space. Borrow an amazingly awesome, wonderful feature from Android keyboards: long-press alternative characters!

Long-press on the top-row of characters to input numbers.

Long-press on other characters to get symbols.

Long-press on other characters to get punctuation.

You very rarely ever have to switch keyboard screens on Android keyboards that support long-press.

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Meh
by Kochise on Wed 20th Jan 2016 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

But writing a simple rendez-vous takes age just to note the hour and the address...

Reply Score: 2

RE[3]: Meh
by darknexus on Wed 20th Jan 2016 19:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Forget about adding another row to a keyboard that already takes up too much space. Borrow an amazingly awesome, wonderful feature from Android keyboards: long-press alternative characters!

Problem with that is you eventually end up in conflict with accented characters. Do I want an e with an accent mark or a number 3? A u umlaut, u grave, or... a number 7? There end up being too many long-press layers or else you have to drag to the character you want, and at that point it's quicker to just long press the numbers key on the iOS keyboard and slide to the number or punctuation character I want. It's one of those features that sounds like a time saver until you actually have to deal with it.

Reply Score: 2

RE[4]: Meh
by WorknMan on Wed 20th Jan 2016 23:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Meh"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

It's one of those features that sounds like a time saver until you actually have to deal with it.


*shrug* Works great on Android - I've never had any issues with it. And it sure as hell beats having to press a separate key just to get the numbers to show up.

Reply Score: 2

Biggest bummer on iPad pro:
by cybergorf on Thu 21st Jan 2016 00:27 UTC
cybergorf
Member since:
2008-06-30

There is a nice feature on iPad and iPad mini that is called "split keyboard".
Usualy the virtual keyboard spans over the whole width of the screen, no matter of tall aspect or widescreen. But you can tear it apart to two smaller partial keyboard on the left and right lower corners. (just google for is..)

That feature is gone on Pad pro! The fist device that feature would finally make total sense ...
Someone on apple with tiny hands decided it would be to big to hold it and simultaneously write anyways.
No ist not! it would work perfectly holding it with both hands and type with your thumbs on that split keyboard ...

Still hope they bring that feature back!

Reply Score: 1