iOS 9 keyboard hints to a larger iPad in the works
iOS 9 is far more than the conservative update we were expecting, and that’s even more evident with the iPad. Apple’s new mobile operating system allows you to take much broader advantage of the screen real estate, something which users have begged for in previous updates. We didn’t get to see an iPad Pro at this event though, a product where all this functionality would make much more sense, but today we get more evidence of its existence.
Famous iOS developer Steven Troughton-Smith has just published one of his new discoveries. It seems that the iPad’s virtual keyboard is capable of scaling to a larger display, and instead of stretching to fit it, what it’ll do is add more keys. We saw this with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus, as its keyboard would adapt to provide more keys than the iPhone 6 when flipped horizontally, so it makes sense for Apple to follow this same route with a larger iPad as well. The expanded keyboard reveals a chiclet-sized row of symbol keys, something which could save users the need of flipping keys for symbols while typing.
The rumored iPad Pro could be announced later this year, and with the new tools that have just emerged on iOS 9, it’s clear that this will be more of a productivity tool.