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Arrow keys anyone???

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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    Feb 9, 2011 12:44 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    I rather have a tab key over arrows keys.

    Over the last year or so I've gotten pretty good at placing my finger onto the screen to correct or add text. Never thought I would be able to zoom around the screen with one finger.
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Quicktime 7.6.4, FCS2, nano 5th, iPad and a bunch of other stuff...
  • Eric ESAD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 25, 2011 7:16 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I agree that there should be arrow keys. Zooming in & then using that stupid magnifying glass is just annoying as ****. Give us arrow keys. And if there are any app designers listening, I'd pay for an app that let me customize my keypad. I mean, I'd like to move the dash to the same screen as the letters, add a cents key... you could make BIG BUCKS by selling an app that let people create the kind of personalized virtual keyboard that let them maximize their productivity.

  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Apr 26, 2011 4:40 AM (in response to J.Neechie)

    How would arrow keys be faster? You'd need eight way arrow keys to get to the right spot which would take lots of tapping and gyrations to get there. Ten minutes later, you would still be trying to get the arrow in position not to mention trying to highlight the word next.

  • Jay Bellissimo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 3, 2011 9:40 AM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I often find myself in need of arrow key in order to manipulate not only the cursor but my position within a wall of text.  Yeah, I'm long winded.  If i've been typing and the beginning of my post has scrolled up out of view in the box in which I'm typing, I often need to navigate to the top to either re-read or edit what I've written; no amount of magnifying or pinching is going to get me there.  It's probably a short coming of the website, but the fact remains that I very often rely on arrow keys to force an interface to show me why I want to see.  Having that option would be great.

  • mcrocket Calculating status...
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    May 7, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to J.Neechie)

    When you touch type your fingers are on the keyboard so now I have to take them off and hunt and peck! Not everything is better touch. Why not kill the keyboard completely and just write long hand since touch is so wonderful.

  • mcrocket Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 7, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to Eric ESAD)

    I'll also pay for arrow key where the 123 is located.

  • Jarom Ellsworth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 21, 2011 6:41 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I think Steve will give us arrow keys as a "great new feature" in an upcoming iOS. I can't wait!!!

  • 5haun Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 3, 2011 7:09 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    To those proposing we just zoom in, just how does one "zoom into" an address bar or other fixed app field?  The fact is that not everything displayed on your iPad can be zoomed into, which means at some point you will encounter an app or part of an app which requires the speed and precision of cursor keys (arrow keys).  The magnifying glass is a mouse replacement, but we all know that a mouse is not a full replacement for cursor keys, so why do people think the magnifying glass is?  There is room next to the AutoFill button.  Why not put them on that bar?  For that matter, they can bury them in the punctuation - i don't care so long as they exist.

  • Pbh444 Calculating status...
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    Jul 18, 2011 7:14 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    The nail has been hit repeatedly on the head in this thread, but

    too many fanboys are not listening:

     

    1) Niot every input box can be scaled up sufficiently to allow cursor insertion.

     

    2) Even when it can be scaled up to the equivalent of a 24 pt font, not everyone

    has the same dexterity.

     

    3) If Stevey can give us an onboard keyboard that gives us 18 symbols (£€¥, etc),

    Stevey should give us an way to access arrow keys.

     

    This should be a tablet for "the rest of us" (remember that slogan?). We don't

    need to be told that some of the rest of us do not need arrow keys.

  • Roosevelt Jones Level 2 Level 2 (380 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I think it would be nice to have a semi-permanent pop-up numeric keypad. It in turn can have a shift mode with text cursor movement keys. I also miss the letter enlargement feedback found on the smaller iOS devices.

  • Jarom Ellsworth Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 18, 2011 8:13 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    Maybe the reason for the lack of the cursor keys is because they want us to buy a Bluetooth keyboard.  I don't want bluetooth keyboard. That totally defeats the purpose of the iPad. If I want an external keyboard then I would buy a MacBook Air.

  • heardfromdebary Calculating status...
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:34 AM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I just bought an iPad and was immediately disappointed in not having cursor keys.  So I went to the app store and typed in 'keyboard' to see if I could find an enhancement.  It made several suggestions one of which is 'fast keyboard - universal text editor'.  That looks cool, I'll check it out......Nope.  Doesn't look like it will work outside of it's own app.  So now I want to go back.  Holy Sh****.  No back key.  Hmmmm...so now I have to touch in the search terms field where I originally typed 'keyboard'.  But now it doesn't say 'keyboard', it says 'fast keyboard - universal text editor'  So I try to get the cursor to land just before the 'k' in keyboard.  Yeah, right.

     

    I want cursor keys and a back key!  This is ridiculous and just way too much screwing around to do anything productive.

  • Julian Wright Level 7 Level 7 (34,835 points)
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    Jul 19, 2011 7:58 AM (in response to heardfromdebary)
    I want cursor keys and a back key!

     

    Making demands here won't change anything. We can't add them, only Apple can, so tell them here:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Jul 19, 2011 8:00 AM (in response to heardfromdebary)

    Yes, I would also be upset if I ended up with the wrong device because I did so little research on something so expensive.

     

    We are all just your fellow users here. Submit your requests for features to Apple using the appropriate link on the Feedback page:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

  • heardfromdebary Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2011 8:24 AM (in response to Julian Wright)

    Huh..I thought this was a discussion of the arrow keys.  Sorry.

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