If you press firmly on your smartphone’s screen, while the built-in keyboard is enabled, you’ll transform the cursor in a trackpad, which you can then drag along the screen, towards the desired position. This way you can rapidly edit texts, correct typos or highlight paragraphs. Yes, you can also select words or larger chunks of text, if you go even deeper with your press. It’s the same double depth gesture, performed when using the Peek and Pop feature.
iPhone 6S Hidden Trackpad Tips
1. How To Use
As described above, the trackpad can be enabled whenever the iOS keyboard slides in, while composing a Message, replying to an email, typing web address in Safari, writing a note or any other action that triggers the native keyboard. Press firmly anywhere on the iPhone 6S or 6S Plus screen (inside the keyboard) and the cursor automatically becomes a trackpad. Maintain your press and start sliding your finger along the screen. Notice how the trackpad follows your gesture. Bring it in the desired position and release the hold. Now you can use the backspace to delete letters, input new ones or perform whatever text editing actions needed.
Whenever the cursor morphs into a trackpad, the keyboard keys are blanked out and turn to gray. Start dragging your finger and reach the part of text that you want to tweak. Immediately after you release the firm press, the keyboard returns to its normal design, allowing you to input new commands.
iOS 9 running on an iPad has the ability to create a similar effect on the keyboard cursor. The only difference is that the pointer isn’t converted to a trackpad via 3D Touch, but by placing two fingers simultaneously anywhere on the keyboard area. Hold the tap and drag your fingers along the display to maneuver the trackpad.
Fact: The cursor tricks mentioned here work only with the native iOS 9 keyboard. Third party calviatures aren’t supported!