Apple is Fixing UI Issue in iOS 9

It’s no secret that I‘m an Apple zealot down to the very marrow of my bones. But that doesn’t mean that I never use a Windows app—after all, there are some times that you just have to use IE, and that is what Parallels Desktop is for.

My zealous nature also doesn’t mean that I think every decision Apple makes is correct. There are mistakes sometimes, ones that can really drive me crazy. Don’t get me started talking about gratuitous overuse of translucency in the Finder. (Now copied by Microsoft in the Explorer. Aarg!)

What gets me jumping up and down for joy is when Apple realizes one of its mistakes and corrects it, and that happened in the WWDC keynote yesterday.

When you’re typing on the iPhone or iPad, and you need a capital letter, there are two states for the shift key: light or dark. In which of the images in Figure 1 will you get a capital “A” when you tap on the “A” key on the keyboard?

Apple Fixing iOS UI Issue

Figure 1: Which keyboard will give you a capital “A” when you tap on the “A” key? Only one will do so, but which one?

I can never tell which one will give me the glyph I want. Usually, I guess incorrectly and then have to delete the character, change the Shift key state, and retype—all the while cursing under my breath.

Apple is fixing this in iOS 9, and I can’t wait for this fix. In iOS 9, the keyboard will leave no doubt which glyph you will get, as you can see in Figure 2. Thanks, Apple. This will make typing much less frustrating.

Apple Fixing iOS UI Issue

Figure 2: In iOS 9, it’s absolutely clear which keyboard will give a capital “A” and which will give a lower case “a”. Screenshot courtesy of 9 to 5 Mac.


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