Thanks to Apple’s iOS 11 update, typing on an iPad just became significantly more efficient.
Here’s how it works:
With the new feature, called QuickType, users no longer need to switch between keyboards to find the number or symbols they need. Instead, iPad typers can now making swiping or “flicking” down motions on a particular key, such as the letter “T,” which will then type out an alternative gray-colored symbol or number associated with that key.
As shown in the iOS 11 updated keyboard below, the “T” key has a grey 6 above it. But when flicked or swiped down, it will produce the number “6,” eliminating the time-consuming action of switching between keyboards.
It should be noted that iPad users with 13-inch screens have a keyboard large enough to negate the need for most of the these QuickType functions, but they’re still present to a more limited degree.
Go forth and type efficiently.