Since the time that the app store came into existence to the day about 2-3 weeks ago we had yet to see a quality, full-featured martial arts based game. Then EA came along with their version of the MMA Franchise made to play on an iDevice, MMA by EA Sports.
As people have gotten used to the virtual keyboard on the iPhone, most of the complaints about it's general quirkiness compared to physical keyboards have died down. It's efficiency is still an issue, though, and person has decided to put it to the test once again. This time they're seeing how it stacks up to a full-size laptop keyboard, the Newton MessagePad, Palm Graffiti, Treo's physical keyboard, and good old pen and paper. Given all the complaints from early iPhone adopters, the results may surprise you.
A recently-unearthed Apple patent application for a multitouch tactile keyboard reveals plans for a device that would feature a dynamic surface to help users keep track of their relative position on the board. Interestingly enough, the device's surface would incorporate an "articulating frame", which would raise and retract bumps in order to recreate the feel of typing on a conventional keyboard.
Ok, this could be interesting.
Given that people either love or hate the iPhone's virtual keyboard, the 4iThumbs accessory functions as a screen overlay that adds minuscule bumps on your iPhone display -- bumps that correspond to where the keys are when using the vertical keyboard.
You'll either love it or hate it, but the video is worth a gander.
If you're looking for a genuine, physical keyboard for your iPhone, this might be it. The iTwinge by Mobile Mechatronics is a $29.99 keyboard that mounts on the iPhone and, per ChipChick, can improve typing speeds by 30-40% while reducing errors by 70-80%.
Everyone knows that iPhone's keyboard comes with a full set of QWERTY keys, numbers, and punctuation, but you may not have realized that there's even more. Hidden underneath many of the keys are special character variations. To bring up a special character, simply tap and hold for a moment and select from the pop-up menu. For example, if you'd like to type café, simply type caf, hold E, and choose É from the menu. There are tons of other special characters hidden behind both alphabetical keys and punctuation keys. Check 'em out!
The iPhone's virtual keyboard has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, but one thing it can't do is type a grave accent mark without a letter (a ` or backtick to all you programmers out there). So while 99% of you probably don't care, it can be a problem for those who need to enter the backtick for a Wi-Fi password. Thankfully, there is a way to get around non-typable passwords using the iPhone Configuration Utility.
When the iPhone was first announced, one of the main concerns was over the virtual keyboard. However, after having a chance to use it, it was discovered to be useful and intuitive. Of course, with anything in the tech world, there are always some complainers. One user decided to take matters into his own hands and hack his iPhone to work with an external keyboard. The keyboard attaches via the iPhone's dock connector and works just as well as any other keyboard. Check out the video after the break!
If you're like me, caps lock is rarely used on the iPhone but sometimes you just need the next couple of letters to be capitalized. A good example is if you're typing out something like "OK" or "IM", or any number of other upper-case abbreviations. Thankfully, iPhone's multi-touch is smart enough to allow you use the shift key just like you can on a computer. Simply hold down the shift key while you type on the iPhone's keyboard and every letter will be capitalized. That's sure to save you a few taps every now and then!
The virtual keyboard's auto-correction feature on the iPhone has a tendency to be more annoying then useful in certain occasions, especially since there's no way to turn it off. In an attempt to get Apple's attention, one user has decided to start a petition, asking them to create an on/off switch.