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arrows on ipad keypad please!

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bryani Calculating status...
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Dec 12, 2010 9:20 AM
Can you put some forward and backward arrows on the ipad keypad. When typing a long email it is very counterproductive to have to stop and touch the screen in the exact right place to change a word. And sometimes its necessary to enlarge the fonts to get the magnifier in the right place. A simple set of 2 arrows would be brill, add up and down and it would be even better!. Where can I register this as a wanted enhancement?
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  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,525 points)
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    Dec 12, 2010 9:22 AM (in response to bryani)
    Feedback to Apple can be added here : http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Dec 12, 2010 9:23 AM (in response to bryani)
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  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,855 points)
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    Dec 12, 2010 9:24 AM (in response to bryani)
    Where can I register this as a wanted enhancement?


    Such posts go here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html
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  • Terry P Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 1:21 AM (in response to Tom Gewecke)
    I would guess that request must have been made hundreds or thousands of times (including mine a few days after I bought my iPad in July). But who knows whether it's been taken seriously, rejected, planned for implementation, or what? I was disappointed it didn't get added in IOS 4.2.

    Clearly, individual replies are impractical, but how hard would it be for Apple to respond to identical requests when their numbers reach a high level?

    Editing would be so much easier! I'd gladly sacrifice the Yen symbol or a few other alternatives to make space for left and right arrows. I'm curious to know what rationale was behind its exclusion from the keypad at launch.Anyone have any thoughts?

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 4:20 AM (in response to Terry P)
    Terry P wrote:
    Editing would be so much easier! I'd gladly sacrifice the Yen symbol or a few other alternatives to make space for left and right arrows. I'm curious to know what rationale was behind its exclusion from the keypad at launch.Anyone have any thoughts?


    Speculating on Apple Policy or decisions is not permitted by the TOU. However, it is useful to note that there is no cursor. Just saying.

    The Zaggmate Case with Keyboard has arrows.
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  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4 (2,285 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 6:55 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    Sorry Meg, maybe I'm misunderstanding what you mean, but there certainly is a cursor on any text input screen.
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  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 7:49 AM (in response to igmackenzie)
    igmackenzie wrote:
    Sorry Meg, maybe I'm misunderstanding what you mean, but there certainly is a cursor on any text input screen.


    Or I haven't had enough coffee. However, the second statement is definitely true.
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  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 8:51 AM (in response to Terry P)
    Clearly, individual replies are impractical, but how hard would it be for Apple to respond to identical requests when their numbers reach a high level?

    It would be very simple but adding this feature will not until it happens so there will be no replies stating if they are doing it or not.

    If they were to publicly state they are doing it then for some reson were not able to do it, think of the stink that would cause.
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  • Jay Ducharme Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 10:39 AM (in response to bryani)
    Perhaps the reason there are no arrows is that the iPad is a giant touch screen. So even if the iPad is upright in the keyboard dock, you can simply tap at the point where you want the cursor to be. And if you want to scroll, you just swipe your finger. With that kind of system, the arrow keys seem redundant if not antiquated.
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  • tmartine Level 3 Level 3 (950 points)
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    Dec 13, 2010 10:50 AM (in response to bryani)
    maybe the left the arrow key off for the same reason they leave horse hitches of automobiles..
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  • Scottsquestions Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2011 1:44 PM (in response to Jay Ducharme)
    Unfortunately, arrow keys are needed for scrolling within text boxes in a browser frame. You can scroll the frame itself, but if the text you want to edit isnt visible within the text box, you're out of luck. Until Apple develops a method for scrolling within small text boxes, it needs to bring back the arrow keys.
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  • King_Penguin Level 10 Level 10 (92,525 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 1:47 PM (in response to Scottsquestions)
    I'm able to scroll up and down within text boxes by using two fingers on the screen instead of one.
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  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to tmartine)
    My brother had a Triumph TR-4 that had a starting crank! Granted, it was as useless as things on a bull but it was there.
  • Martin_UK Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Jan 3, 2011 1:54 PM (in response to bryani)
    As i just posted in another thread, why do you need arrow keys? They exsist on hardware keyboards as a legacy control for the onscreen cursor on desktop computers, the arrival of the mouse started the clock on their obselesance, on a touch-capable device like the iPad there's not even the pretense of a need for them.

    Seriously, why would you want to keep pressing an virtual button on an onscreen keyboard when a single tap of the screen will place the cursor (insofar as it even exists on the iPad) wherever you want it?
    13" MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) White MacBook (Early 2009), iPhone 3GS, iPad 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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