How to use the iPad's split keyboard on iOS 5

iOS 5 is set to bring a new split keyboard to iPad users, allowing for easier typing on the touch-screen device. We demonstrate how to use it in a video.

Please keep in mind that this post is based on a beta version of iOS 5. Apple can (and often does) change the behavior of features before the latest operating system hits consumers' hands. If anything drastically changes in regard to this feature in iOS 5, we will be sure to update the post.

We have already shown quite a bit of what iOS 5 has to offer for both the iPhone and iPad. This time we are going to show you something that is specific to just the iPad. Steve Jobs announced a new split keyboard for the iPad at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June. The split keyboard is currently only available on the iPad and allows for a different typing experience, but one that aims to improve the user experience.

To activate the split keyboard, with the default keyboard visible, drag two fingers from the middle of the keyboard towards each side of the screen. It doesn't make a difference if you are in portrait or landscape mode, the keyboard will then split into two halves, hugging the edge of the screen on each side.

Make sure to check out the video above for a more visual demonstration.

What are your thoughts on the new split keyboard? Is this something you see yourself using, or something that is to be used once and never again?

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