iOS 10.3 Will Bring Floating, One-Handed Keyboard to iPad

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  1. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    The large screen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a lot of benefits, but tying on the display while holding the device can be a challenge in portrait mode and it's flat impossible in landscape. Apple's fix for this problem is apparently coming in iOS 10.3: a floating, one-handed keyboard:

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    The version in the latest beta looks like an iPhone keyboard, and it can be moved around the screen for those who'd prefer it be on the left or right sides... or not in front of something they are trying to see.

    iOS 10.2.1 only came out a couple of days ago, and developers just got their first look at iOS 10.3, so it will be a few weeks before it is released to the general public.

    UPDATE (March 28): iOS 10.3 is now available, and this small, floating keyboard doesn't seem to have made the cut.

     
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  2. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    iOS 10.3 is now available for download.

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    To install this new version directly to an iPad or iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Alternatively, connect the tablet or phone to a computer running iTunes.

     
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  3. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    The official changelog for iOS 10.3 says this new version includes:

    Find My iPhone
    • View the current or last-known location of your AirPods
    • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find them
    Siri
    • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps
    • Support for scheduling with ride-booking apps
    • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights, and activating horn with automaker apps
    • Cricket sports scores and statistics for Indian Premier League and International Cricket Council
    CarPlay
    • Shortcuts in the status bar for easy access to last-used apps
    • Apple Music Now Playing screen gives access to Up Next and the currently playing song’s album
    • Daily curated playlists and new music categories in Apple Music
    Other improvements and fixes
    • Rent once and watch your iTunes movies across your devices
    • New Settings unified view for your Apple ID account information, settings, and devices
    • Hourly weather in Maps using 3D Touch on the displayed current temperature
    • Support for searching “parked car" in Maps
    • Calendar adds the ability to delete an unwanted invite and report it as junk
    • Home app support to trigger scenes using accessories with switches and buttons
    • Home app support for accessory battery level status
    • Podcast support for 3D Touch and Today widget to access recently updated shows
    • Podcast shows or episodes are shareable to Messages with full playback support
    • Fixes an issue that could prevent Maps from displaying your current location after resetting
    • Location & Privacy
    • VoiceOver stability improvements for Phone, Safari, and Mail
     
  4. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    Apple has introduced iOS 10.3.1 to fix some bugs.

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  5. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    I can't find it after the upgrade. Looked under keyboards and accessibility in general settings. Is tere some hidden trick to this?

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  6. dellaster

    dellaster Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Yeah, I tried to find it, too. No luck. Apparently it's in the 10.3 update but not yet accessible to normal users.
     
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  7. Ed Hardy

    Ed Hardy Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    Now iOS 10.3.2 is available. This is a bug fix update with no known new features.

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    We've been running this new version on an iPad and an iPhone for several days, and so far experienced no problems.

     
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