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I’m Dying for Dial Keys on the iPad – Mockup Video Demo

Posted on 01 June 2010 By Ben Lang


photo (2)I was really surprised that Apple didn’t do anything “magical” or “revolutionary” with the iPad’s [Portal page] on-screen-keyboard. The iPhone’s was definitely revolutionary because it was probably the first truly viable OSK – thanks to some intelligent software design and a capacitive screen instead of a resistive one. The iPad’s keyboard has that same inteiilgent software design, and a nice big capacitive screen. The problem is the big part. The iPad’s keyboard works well, but it really only works well if you can set it down on a desk in front of you so that you can touch type on it. If you are walking around with it in your hands, it works quite poorly for thumb typing. This fact alone makes the iPad annoying to use for typing if you don’t have something to set it down on.

dial keys Even since I got the iPad in my hands, I’ve been wishing for a Dial Keys-style keyboard implementation. Dial Keys, if you’ll recall, is a piece of Windows based software that was designed for touchscreen UMPCs. Dial Keys places a split radial keyboard at the corners of the device, which puts keys right in the range of one’s thumbs. If Apple allowed developers to modify the keyboard on the device, I’m sure we would have already seen something similar.

I made some mockup graphics to put on the iPad just to see what Dial Keys on the iPad would look like:

2 Responses to “I’m Dying for Dial Keys on the iPad – Mockup Video Demo”

  1. JRB72 says:

    Couldn’t agree more. As much as I love my iPad (and yes I actually use it for a lot of data input), the implementation of a “Dial” keyboard would be great. This would be very easy to implement through the settings tab. Let us hope you and many others keep emailing Apple about this.

  2. johnkzin says:

    Dial keys, as an option, might be nice. But I’d really like to see Swype.