Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

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Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Swipe gestures would replicate certain keyboard functions, as envisioned in an Apple patent.

(Credit: Apple /USPTO)

iPhone and iPad users may one day be able to add swipe gestures to their keyboard repertoire.

A patent awarded to Apple by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday reveals that Apple has been looking into the use of swipe gestures as an alternative to various keyboard functions. Dubbed “Swipe gestures for touch screen keyboards,” the patent describes how swiping could be more effective than tapping on the virtual keyboard.

The technology envisioned in the patent wouldn’t let you use swipes to type actual characters. Instead, a swipe would invoke specific keys, such as space, backspace, Shift, and return. Such actions could be performed with a single swipe. More possibilities would open up through multi-finger swipes.

A two-finger swipe might turn on the Caps Lock key, delete the current word, or add a period and a space to end a sentence. A three-finger swipe could bring up an alternative keyboard for adding punctuation or numbers.

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Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards


Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

 

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

 

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

 

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

 

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

Apple explores swipe gestures for iOS device keyboards

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