iOS Secret Trackpad

Sometimes navigating the cursor through a text message or email on your iPhone can be frustrating when all you can do is try and tap the spot you where you want to insert the cursor. Especially when working on a longer message. However, Apple may have you covered with the hidden track inside iOS’s keyboard.

How to Unlock Your iPhone or iPad’s Concealed Trackpad

Finding the invisible track pad inside the iOS keyboard is quite easy. Just a few gestures away.

Anywhere a user has a text entry dialog open—a block of text they are writing, bring up the keyboard. Press and hold a finger down on the space key. The keyboard will go blank (no characters will be visible). One should feel a haptic response (if haptics are active). The cursor will also get bigger for a moment. This means you’ve activated the trackpad.

With one’s finger still pressed down, move it around anywhere on the keyboard to move the cursor inside the text dialog. To place the cursor lift one’s finger.

Now the keyboard will restore itself and one can make any edits they need to. If you need to move the cursor again, follow the same process.

 

 

Saved by a Watch

So recently there was a news article about how an Apple watch saved a biker. The biker was on a ride in Washington when he flipped his bike. He landed head-first on the pavement and was rendered unconscious. His Apple watch sensed the impact and called 911.

His son was waiting for him and received a text from the watch to notify him it detected a hard fall and sent a map with his location. By the time he got there, his dad was already gone and on his way to the hospital. His son received the message because he was listed as an emergency contact on the phone.