Inside iOS 9: Apple's QuickType keyboard gains quick cut, copy, paste & more on iPad

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in iPad edited September 2015
Apple's QuickType keyboard has gained new iPad-specific functions in iOS 9, including a "Shortcut Bar" with quick links to commonly used text entry functions like cut, copy, paste, and font options.




Upon updating to iOS 9, users will find that icons for cut, copy and paste are located above the iPad keyboard, to the left of the QuickType word suggestions. These icons are available systemwide, allowing for quick access while doing everything from searching Safari to sending an email.

When combined with the new multi-touch cursor gesture, Apple makes it easier than ever to select and move text with the iOS 9 keyboard. By double-tapping with two fingers on the keyboard, the system will automatically select the current word within which the cursor is placed, while a triple-tap will select the entire current paragraph.




From here, users can then use the cut, copy or paste icons on the upper left of the keyboard, and modify text without needing fingertips to travel into the text field.

In some apps, Apple also has additional convenient icons located to the right of the QuickType suggestions bar. For example, in Apple's Pages word processor, icons for bold, italicized and underlined are made available, while the Mail app includes a convenient attachment shortcut.




The shortcuts are slightly different in Apple's Notes app, where cut, copy and paste are consolidated to a single scissor icon. This allows room for both a list button and a font button which presents a number of styles.

Finally in notes, icons for inserting a drawing or an image are located to the right of the QuickType suggestions.




Enhancements to iPad input in iOS 9 also include new hardware keyboard shortcuts baked in to the next-generation operating system. Specifically, Apple has given hardware keyboards the ability to access an OS X-like quick app switcher, along with support for app-specific keyboard shortcuts in third-party applications.
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  • Reply 1 of 23
    fearlessfearless Posts: 134member
    Give me arrow keys, not a silly magnifier. Try editing a url in Safari - too hard.
  • Reply 2 of 23
    kayesskayess Posts: 26member
    Pages has a great feature that rarely gets mentioned: one finger swipe - jump one character; two finger swipe - jump one word. It makes editing and moving around text much easier and I am surprised it has not been added to email, notes and other main applications. So useful.
  • Reply 3 of 23
    k2kwk2kw Posts: 1,699member
    I wonder when the iPad gets a kickstand?
  • Reply 4 of 23
    The copy & paste icons used are illegible, IMO. Icons ought to be clear and their representation must be obvious. Apple ought to forgo these icons and simply use the actual words instead. Plus the cut icon occupies nearly twice the space of the copy & paste icons. Lame
    Anyone else notice that the QuickType bar in Pages displays Bold, Italics, and Underline? The point being—Pages already repsents those exact features milimeters above the QuickType bar. Redundancies. Beta, I know.
  • Reply 5 of 23
    knowitallknowitall Posts: 1,239member
    Arrow keys please, no fancy taps that lack a keyboard representation.
    Also a resizable, movable and controllable transparent keyboard would be welcome, especially for the Big Mac.
  • Reply 6 of 23
    I keep hitting 'Paste' accidentally every time I try to type 'w'. I am sure, however, that I'll retrain myself -- or rather, Apple will retrain me -- slowly.

    Btw, is it just me or does autocorrect seem to have got slightly worse?
  • Reply 7 of 23
    Does the iOS 9 for iPhone have the finger drag keyboard that allows you to type without lifting your finger up? Sorry for the non-tech savvy description :)
  • Reply 8 of 23
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    Originally Posted by Mac-Daddy View Post



    Does the iOS 9 for iPhone have the finger drag keyboard that allows you to type without lifting your finger up? Sorry for the non-tech savvy description image

    And not a 3rd party app either. 

  • Reply 9 of 23
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,849member

    Anybody else wish they could go back to the all-caps keyboard? I miss it. Maybe somebody will come out with a 3rd-party keyboard.

  • Reply 10 of 23
    You can turn all-caps back on. Settings>General>Accessibility>Keyboard>Show Lowercase Keys (turn off).
  • Reply 11 of 23
    You can turn all-caps back on. Settings>General>Accessibility>Keyboard>Show Lowercase Keys (turn off). (Thank you ihatescreennames)
    I've already done this and feel much more at home!
  • Reply 12 of 23
    matrix07matrix07 Posts: 1,993member
    mike1 wrote: »
    Anybody else wish they could go back to the all-caps keyboard? I miss it. Maybe somebody will come out with a 3rd-party keyboard.

    General>Accessibility>Keyboard.
  • Reply 13 of 23
    I still don't understand why there's no attachment button in mail..
  • Reply 14 of 23
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,849member
    You can turn all-caps back on. Settings>General>Accessibility>Keyboard>Show Lowercase Keys (turn off). (Thank you ihatescreennames)
    I've already done this and feel much more at home!

    Didn't notice that yet. Thank you.
  • Reply 15 of 23
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,849member
    matrix07 wrote: »
    General>Accessibility>Keyboard.

    Didn't think to look in accessibility. Thank you.
  • Reply 16 of 23
    mike1 wrote: »
    Anybody else wish they could go back to the all-caps keyboard? I miss it. Maybe somebody will come out with a 3rd-party keyboard.
    I have a similar reaction, but imagine I'll adjust pretty quickly - I wouldn't go through the adjustment if I didn't like the positive feedback I get when I use the shift key.
  • Reply 17 of 23
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    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post

    I still don't understand why there's no attachment button in mail..

     

    Thats what the paperclip icon is on the right of the keyboard in the shortcut bar.
  • Reply 18 of 23
    smiffy31 wrote: »
    <div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/186746/inside-ios-9-apples-quicktype-keyboard-gains-quick-cut-copy-paste-more-on-ipad#post_2784157" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span><div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Wurm5150</strong> <a href="/t/186746/inside-ios-9-apples-quicktype-keyboard-gains-quick-cut-copy-paste-more-on-ipad#post_2784157"><img src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" class="inlineimg" alt="View Post"/></a><br/><br/>I still don't understand why there's no attachment button in mail..</div></div><p> </p>
    Thats what the paperclip icon is on the right of the keyboard in the shortcut bar.
    how about on the iPhone? You know what's even better? An attachment button that's readily available and discoverable..say on the right side of the subject bar in mail..
  • Reply 19 of 23
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    Originally Posted by Wurm5150 View Post





    how about on the iPhone? You know what's even better? An attachment button that's readily available and discoverable..say on the right side of the subject bar in mail..



    The article and all the images are iPad, you did not mention iPhone, the other solution is a long press and select add attachement which works on both iPhone and iPad, the same as before, except now you can add different attachements not just video/photo

  • Reply 20 of 23
    mike1 wrote: »
    Anybody else wish they could go back to the all-caps keyboard? I miss it. Maybe somebody will come out with a 3rd-party keyboard.

    Why? The new version is far far superior.
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