First Click: My favorite new iOS 9 feature is just an Android afterthought

September 17th, 2015


My favorite iOS 9 feature is also its dumbest. Dumb, because it's so obvious that it should have been implemented years ago; favorite, because I no longer feel a burning sense of rage every time I try changing the case of a letter.

Maybe you’ve experienced the following frustration, iPhone users:

You’re tapping away on the keyboard when you make a typo. You back up, try to correct it, but the OS is smarter than you and automatically inserts a capital letter. So you backup again, hit the shift key but can’t remember if grey or white means caps are on, so you enter a loop of corrections until you finally get the desired case.

That’s why my favorite new iOS 9 feature is the magical and revolutionary mixed-case keyboard. A keyboard that finally switches between displaying capital and lowercase letters when hitting the shift key — something that Android keyboards and pretty much every other software keyboard has done for years. The iPhone keyboard, however, could only display all caps ever since it launched in 2007, relying instead upon a visual indicator on the shift key. But iOS 7 did away with the glowing identifier in a move to flatten the UI — something that exasperated the user experience and prompted CoDesign to ask, "Why can’t Jony Ive of all people design a goddamn usable shift key?"

Two years and two OS updates later, he finally did it.

Verge Video: iOS 9 review

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