Apple never provides advance info on new features, so nobody can tell you if or when they will ever add Dvorak layouts for the virtual ipad keyboard layouts. You should use this link to tell them you want this:
If you use a hardware keyboard, the iPad does provide a layout called Dvorak for that already.
If you search this forum for dvorak you will find another thread about this.iMac Intel/2C2D, eMac G4/700, Mac OS X (10.6), 10.5, 10.4, 10.3, 9.2
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2011 12:46 PM (in response to LukeAmadeus)I use the Dvorak layout for the right hand because my left hand is paralysed. iOS has still no support for one-handed Dvorak layouts. It took apple a very long time to add this to Mac OS, pretty crazy since Microsoft had the one handed layouts as a standard part of the Windows OS for years previous to apple adding them.
Now that apple has the layouts for one handed Dvorak as standard in Mac OS, I see no reason that they cannot add them to iOS. The fact that they are taking so long to add them shows little concern for customers with physical disabilities. It must be an easy thing to add, why they havent is beyond me at this point.
I guess we just aren't a priority!MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
I agree--it seems so simple to include the Dvorak layouts. There are so many language layouts already built-in, it seems like a simple software update could include another virtual keyboard. I've already suggested this to Apple, but nothing has happened so far.
The Dvorak app is lame, especially for $1.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2012 11:00 PM (in response to LukeAmadeus)
Here's one workaround that actually works. I've always typed in Dvorak since I had my SE. Trying to type on this iPad was painful at best. I just got the app iDisplay (under ten bucks) and now, without unpairing my wireless keyboard from the iMac, I can take the keyboard outside (within BlueTooth range of the iMac), choose the iMac application from the selections on the iDisplay, and happily type away on the iMac but see what I'm doing on the iPad.
That was a bit tricky to write :-)
Currently Being ModeratedNov 21, 2012 1:48 AM (in response to LukeAmadeus)
Hello, the english user (lucky them) can use the Dvorak layout with an external keyboard on Ipad :
Unfortunatly for french user, the BEPO layout (dvorak like for french language) is not available yet. :'-(
Currently Being ModeratedApr 12, 2014 1:24 PM (in response to LukeAmadeus)
As noted elsewhere, you can use the Dvorak layout with an external keyboard now, which is very nice. Many of us Dvorakites have written to Apple over the years about this issue since they have always supported Dvorak on Macs.
I do think it's unfortunate and odd that Dvorak is not support for the iPad screen. If this is something you need (as I do) I've found that the app SlideIT (about $3) designed for Android which I'm able to use on a Samsung 7" Galaxy tablet seems to work well in all the applications that I've tested it with.
In addition, SlideIT offers the ability to move you finger around the keyboard (whether querty or Dvorak is active) and built the word up that way. This is a particular nice feature for a tablet. As I recall this technology was first created by IBM and dubbed ATOMIC or something like that. Anyway, it is unique in my experience to be able to combine Dvorak and slide entry and I'm lovin' it!