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Get the most out of your new iPhone or iPad. In this course, Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPad: making and receiving calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing your time, getting around town, taking notes, shooting photos, and listening to music. Plus, learn how to install any one of the thousands of apps from the App Store and extend the functionality of your device. Garrick devotes time to the new features in iOS 7, including iCloud Keychain, Control Center, AirDrop, and new Photos organization. The course also includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPad so they behave as expected. We also include an extensive section on troubleshooting help when the occasional glitches happen.
When the iPhone was first released one of the most striking and unique things about it was that it had no physical keyboard. All typing on the iPhone is done via a screen based virtual keyboard. These days it's pretty common for smartphones to not have physical keyboards. But if you're new to the iPhone and especially if you're transitioning from a phone that had real keys, there are still some things that you need to get used to. For one thing, you don't feel any buttons under your fingers. So you have to keep your eyes on the screen to make sure your words are coming out correctly. Fortunately, iOS7 has a great built in auto correction system that can figure out what you're trying to type in those cases, even if you've spelled it horribly wrong.
The trick is to understand that it will take some time to get used to typing and to trust the auto-correction system. And if you think about it having no actual keys opens up a world of possibilities. Since the iPhone is not limited by a set physical keyboard, iPhone developers are free to create input systems in multiple languages or a special characters. And all they have to do is create the keys that they need you to press to interact with their applications. And they can place them anywhere on the screen that makes sense. So let's begin by taking a look at the basics of typing with the screen based keyboard. For this example I'm going to use the included Notes app. I'll tap the New button to create a new note and now I'm looking at a new blank note.
And the keyboard has appeared at the bottom half of the screen. The keyboard will show up anytime you tap into a field where you're supposed to type. So type, just tap the letters. Notice that the letters you are tapping appear above your finger in a nice large size. So, you can visually confirm that you're on the letter you want. The enlarged version of the letter will stay there, until your finger breaks contact from the screen. And that is probably one of the most fundamental things to know about typing on an iOS device. Characters you type are not entered, until your finger leaves the screen. That means if I touch the wrong letter, and I notice before I lift my finger, I can just slide over to the correct letter, and then release.
Now, if I do enter a wrong letter or word by accident, I can just tap the Delete key to delete the letter or words that I need to get rid off. And then I can continue typing. Now, let's say I want to add a colon here. Special characters and numbers are accessed by tapping this button in the lower left-hand corner. And now I can enter the character, and I'll tap Return to go down one line. Now, here's a tip directly related to what I was saying about characters not appearing until you lift your finger from the screen. Let's say I wanted to put a parenthesis at the beginning of this line. I can see the open and close parenthesis characters when I tap the Character button.
But a quick way to access these keys from the letter keyboard is to touch the Character's button, and then slide my finger over to the character I want, and then release. The character is added to my note, and the keyboard instantly reverts to the letter keyboard, and I can continue typing without having to tap to return to the letter keyboard. So, that's the basics of working with the keyless keyboard. It'll definitely take some practice getting used to if you're new to it. Keep in mind that most apps that use the keyboard will allow you to rotate the phone to Landscape Mode, which makes the keys slightly larger and easier to hit.
Though once you get better, you should be able to type quickly in both Portrait and Landscape Mode. Also note that if you are typing on an iPad, first of all the keys are a little larger so they're a little easier to type with in my opinion. But also on the iPad you can split the keyboard by placing two fingers on the screen and pulling them apart. This can make it easier to type, especially on the full size iPad where depending on the size of your hands you might have trouble reaching some of the letters when you're thumb typing. Now, one thing you might be thinking is, well, what if I'm more used to typing the T, G, and V characters with my right thumb instead of my left. Fortunately, the iOS engineers thought of that.
I'm going to type the phrase, adventure is out there. So, I'll type a d, now the v is here on the left side of the side in the split keyboard, and I could tap it with my left thumb, but I can also type right here just to the left of the b key. Now this actually works better if I'm typing out the full word at once. So notice as I type adventure I'm going to type the v with my right thumb and the t with my left thumb. And I can continue typing in this fashion. So you might not need this feature at all, but if you're used to typing certain letters with one thumb or the other, this really can make typing quicker and less frustrating on the iPad.
So there you have a couple of basic pointers on typing. In the upcoming movie, we'll look at more important techniques and tips for becoming an efficient iOS typist.
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