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iOS 12 has a trackpad feature for easier text editing

Correcting typos has never been easier.


The new trackpad in iOS 12 could help you edit your texts.


We've all faced the test of accurately tapping on a word in an attempt to place the cursor in the perfect spot in order to fix a typo.

This process almost never works.

With the addition of 3D Touch starting with the iPhone 6S ($250 at Best Buy), users could hard press on the keyboard to activate a trackpad-like feature. After pressing, you can move the cursor around with some precision and ease. iPad ($356 at eBay) users currently have the option to place two fingers on the keyboard, then drag to move the cursor.

And now that the iPhone XR is the first modern device to ditch 3D Touch, there's no clear-cut way to edit text. 

Starting with iOS 12, you can now use another method to trigger text editing and it's pretty easy. 

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To trigger the new trackpad feature, long press the space bar until the keys disappear, then drag your finger across the display to move the cursor. You don't need to press hard, just place a finger on the space bar and leave it there.

Neat, eh? 

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