Apple fixes long-standing keyboard issue in iOS 8.3 beta

There are plenty of changes in iOS 8, especially when they relate to the larger displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

It appears Apple plans to fix a long-standing keyboard issue which caused users to inadvertently tap the period key when aiming for the space bar in Safari. As noted by MacRumors, beta versions of iOS 8.3 feature a design change that should resolve the problem.

In 8.3, Apple has made the space bar longer on the keyboard that pops up when inputting text in Safari’s omnibar, and the ‘Go’ button shorter. This should make it less likely for users to encounter accidental period key presses when typing out their web searches.

It’s a small change, to be sure, but it shows that Apple’s still tweaking the software experience to make it as easy and efficient as possible. For those plagued by the period finding its way into their searches, this change, coming in iOS 8.3 at some point in the near future, unless you were able to get into the public beta now, is a welcomed one.

Apple yesterday released iOS 8.3 beta 3, which brought about the new Apple Watch app, and some improvements to Messages. We don’t know if this change will make it into the public release of iOS 8.3, and even if it does, we don’t know when it will be available.


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