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Arrow keys anyone???

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  • Jarom Ellsworth Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    If you're on your computer and you need to move back one space would you grab your mouse and click on that one space or would you just hit the arrow key. One of those options is a lot easier and faster. I would love arrow keys on my iPad. I think one issue is that it might cut into MacBook Air sales. Just my opinion and I believe it's okay to have one.

  • GZukes Level 4 Level 4 (1,565 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 4:48 PM (in response to Jarom Ellsworth)

    It would be nice if arrow keys were included in the iOS, but if you really need arrow keys buy a Bluetooth keyboard.  I know what many will say.  Why should I buy something that should be included?  Well it currently isn't included, so your only options are to buy a Bluetooth keyboard or wait and hope Apple includes arrow keys in the future.

     

    My comments aren't directed at you Jarom, but rather to those that are really pushing for arrow keys.

  • cherylannefromlittleton Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 8:17 PM (in response to GZukes)

    Yes, that is obvious. I thought that the point of this apple-based forum was the hope that someone from Apple might see our suggestion and realize the request would be no big deal. To argue here about whethe or not it currently exists is fruitless. We know already that it doesn't.

  • cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 8:38 PM (in response to James Ward4)

    Okay, if I must explain it in simpler terms: by "optional popup" I mean a setting that makes it ALWAYS or NEVER appear with my keyboard when my keyboard pops up. There are already other apps that add arrow keys to the iPad keyboard and it is easier to tap those than it is to stop typing, point to the space one or two places up that needs fixing, zoom in with the silly magnifying glass and hope that when I let go the cursor is exactly where I needed it -- a fast, trained typist works more quickly on keyboard keys than when you have to stop to use the mouse or start poking around with a finger. I'm very glad it works perfectly for you, but I lose a lot of time constantly stopping and starting to play with cutesy touchscreen tricks.

     

    Yes, I know that it's not a laptop. But I type on it a LOT -- just like I type on my laptop a lot. If you never use arrow keys on your computer or laptop keyboard, then this is not an issue that affects you, and for some reason you are just here to pick fights and call me foolish. If you have something constructive to add, please do. If not, please desist.

     

    And to say that they got it right the first time? Wow, who's Apple-butt are we kissing? If they got it right the first time there would be no iPod 2 or 3, and never an update. They certainly did not get it right the first time.

  • cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 7, 2013 8:36 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    As we've already said many times in this forum, there are other iPad apps that have added arrow keys to the keyboard when it pops up. If they can do it, it can be done. That is what I meant by "possible"

  • Mickchev Calculating status...
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    Jan 7, 2013 10:13 PM (in response to cherylannefromlittleton)

    The ipad is probably still the best tablet on the market at the moment. I sold my ipad 3 and used the surface for a week. Big mistake. Then traveled overseas for five weeks with the galaxy note 10.1. Equally big mistke. i dumped that as soon as I got back to the US and bought the ipad mini. Love it. But as someone said, the reason apple is ignoring requests for arrow keys is because they're afraid of sales biting into the Mac air numbers. And rightly so. But they're afraid of the wrong market. 2011 I sold my macair and bought a toshiba portege and I have never been more happy. And my main app is recording music. Weird.

     

    And yesterday I returned my iPhone 5. Bad wifi and awful battery life just isn't cutting it. and my main complaint with the iphone 4s was that it was too narrow. Apple is trying to maintain momentum and trying to keep their strategy of telling customers what they should like but I think only jobs could pull that off with finesse. If apple loses my tablet business in the future it will probably be to a windows tablet/laptop that lets me combine the functionality of the ipad and laptop. I guess we'll have to accept the annoyances in iOS and praise the lord it's not android.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 4:28 AM (in response to cherylannefromlittleton)

    cherylannefromlittleton wrote:

     

    Yes, that is obvious. I thought that the point of this apple-based forum was the hope that someone from Apple might see our suggestion and realize the request would be no big deal. To argue here about whethe or not it currently exists is fruitless.

    This is also not the appopriate place to make suggestions to Apple. The feedback link has already been given in this thread, but, for the benefit of those who haven't taken the time to read the whole thread, here it is again:

     

    http://www.apple.com/feedback

  • cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Sure it is; it's the Apple website -- they occasionally read through some of the active discussions But thanks for posting the link again, most of us have sent feedback, but it doesn't hurt to do it again!

  • cherylannefromlittleton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to Mickchev)

    Ha! Good to know! Though I would trade my PC laptop for the Surface with Windows 8 when it comes out in a heartbeat!

  • Margaretfromns Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2013 9:30 AM (in response to J.Neechie)

    I can live with zooming in and inserting the cursor where I want it, except that in the email function when typing a reply the zoom function does not work.  Is there a reason for that, I wonder?  Is there a setting for this?  Zoom works elsewhere, right here for example.

  • Helix09 Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to J.Neechie)

    Hi

    Came across this post asking exactly the same question. There are several websites that cannot be adequately navigated without arrow keys. Finger touch etc will not work with google api playground for instance making the iPad useless as a tool for browsing or editing the site.

     

    So while I agree that touch screen, finger touch etc are very nice and innovative, sometimes the arrow keys are the difference between making the iPad useful or useless.

     

    Also agree with the positioning of the cursor to edit is not easy for podgy fingers like mine and I can accept zooming does make life easier it still doesn't always provide the answer.

  • convertedluddite Calculating status...
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    Jul 3, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to Helix09)

    There are so many website forms (for example), where you are typing into a box and the beginning of the text disappears, so it is impossible to use the touch screen to check on what you have written. Just one example of where arrow keys would be so useful. I do a lot on my iPhone where it is an even bigger problem due to the increased difficulty of touching a small screen to position the cursor. Arrow keys as an option please Apple! If you don't like them, you don't have to use them...

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 6:03 PM (in response to convertedluddite)

    Clare Smales wrote:

     

    Arrow keys as an option please Apple!

    -> http://www.apple.com/feedback/

  • Foobs Calculating status...
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    Jul 3, 2013 6:19 PM (in response to Chris CA)

    Plenty of people have sent feedbacck into the Apple feedback black hole.

     

    Apple is the rare company that doesn't even pretend to care about customer service.

     

    If someone wants arrow keys, they shouldn't buy an Apple product.  I know this now and will purchase accordingly in the future...

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,410 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 8:18 PM (in response to Foobs)

    and yet you litter these forums with your garbage others have to wade through....

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