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Portuguese Keyboard Support on iOS

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SilvaLazarus Calculating status...
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Dec 9, 2012 6:53 AM

About keyboard support, I have 2 iPads (generation 1 and 2) and I still am unable to use it daily for work because of the lack of language support on the keyboard layout. That standard keyboard on iOS is fine for messaging but not for any article writing, since you need to have full character support.

Recently, on advice from a friend I bought the EasyKEYKeyboard app from the iTunes Store and it shows that a pratical full language keyboard is possible on a touch screen device such as the iPad. Unfortunately the app is a word processor on its own and does not bring that keyboard to the rest of the system. As a word processor is buggy and unreliable (no Save and it crashes, making you loose everything you wrote... Scary, never used it again).

Why doesn't Apple understand that iPad will only be used worldwide for serious work unless you bring full language keyboard support?

 

I can believe that millions of non-english users will feel the same...

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), English System
  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (21,575 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:56 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    Only other users are here. Send your suggestion to Apple at: http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html

  • Diavonex Level 9 Level 9 (58,580 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 6:57 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    Settings>General>International>Keyboard>Add new keyboard>Portuguese

  • JimHdk Level 7 Level 7 (21,575 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:30 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    There are only users here. Apple does not read these forums. No one here can answer questions that start out with, "Why doesn't Apple understand that...".

     

    Provide your suggestion with details on why the current Portuguese keyboard isn't adequate to Apple at:

     

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

     

    Note that, due to iOS security sandboxing, that it isn't possible to write an App which provides a system-wide keyboard.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:27 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    SilvaLazarus wrote:

     

    That standard keyboard on iOS is fine for messaging but not for any article writing, since you need to have full character support.

     

    You seem to be unaware of the standard iOS system for creating accented characters.  It is to hold down the key for the base letter and then to select from the popup menu that appears the version that you want.  You do not even need to activate the Portuguese keyboard for this, English will work fine.  But the Portuguese keyboard will give you Portuguese spellcheck and autocorrect.

     

    The iPad has been enormously successful worldwide with a huge volume of sales, and a large number of languages supported in the OS interface, the keyboard, and the autocorrect system, which you can see listed in the tech specs.

     

    http://www.apple.com/ipad/specs/

     

    If you find the screen keyboard too cumbersome for serious work, you can use a bluetooth hardware keyboard.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 7:57 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    SilvaLazarus wrote:

     

    Its sad nevertheless that you are able to make a proper keyboard with chinese or arabic characters and not a keyboard with latin characters such as Portuguese...

     

    Nonsense. The Arabic keyboard uses the same system, there are various characters where you have to hold down the key and select something from the popup menu.    Chinese has thousands of characters so special systems are always required to generate them using a small number of keys.

     

    I think you greatly overestimate the importance of this issue, and the chances of Apple doing what you want are extremely small.  So it may be best to move to a different device where they have the kind of screen keyboards that meet your particular needs.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 10:43 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    SilvaLazarus wrote:

     

    I know this to be a serious issue

     

    I would just suggest that you be realistic, since Apple's view of the seriousness of the issue will be heavily influenced by the fact that there are over 185,000 discussions in this forum and you are the only one raising it.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    Apple encourages raising of these types of issues, as it helps all users in countries such as yours. I suggest you to contact Apple Support in your country and discuss with them - at the very least, your question will be logged so that Apple can gauge the need for any changes, etc.

     

    Good luck and thanks for bring this up

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    SilvaLazarus wrote:

     

    I bought the EasyKEYKeyboard app... is buggy and unreliable (no Save and it crashes, making you loose everything you wrote... Scary, never used it again).

     

    A different app with similar capabilities you may wish to try to see if it works better is

     

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/international-keyboard/id447329953?mt=8

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Dec 9, 2012 12:07 PM (in response to SilvaLazarus)

    Good luck

     

    Please update this thread if you learn something that may help others with a similar question.

     

    Ken

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