The never-ending tap, tap of physical keyboards has been replaced by a sound effect on the iPhone. Apple provides familiar clicking noises with its virtual iOS keyboard, which are enabled by default. While Keyboard Clicks may help to confirm that a character key is pressed, the sounds are not necessary. Some iPhone users may prefer to silence the iOS keyboard once and for all.
At a special event held today at the Howard Gilman Opera House in New York City, Apple announced new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with edge-to-edge "Liquid Retina displays," a boosted Mac mini, a new MacBook Air, an updated Apple Pencil with wireless charging, but no AirPower charging mat. Apple fans have been waiting for the AirPower to be released since Apple previewed the device more than a year ago.
The iPhone virtual keyboard made waves at its introduction over 10 years ago. To help iPhone users transition from a physical keyboard, Apple includes Keyboard Clicks and Character Preview with iOS. While the first feature provides audio feedback, the latter inflates the size of keys as they are being tapped. Some would prefer the keyboard character animation switched off, for privacy or other reasons.
iOS 12 introduced Shortcuts, the successor to Workflow, which is an app that provides shortcuts that basically compress multiple-step tasks that involve using multiple apps into processes that require just a tap or two. For example, there is a shortcut called Home ETA that uses Maps to find your location and get the ETA for your trip home, then sends a custom message with your arrival time to whomever you set it up to send one to.
Apple is set to launch Group FaceTime with the release of iOS 12.1. The latest firmware, expected to roll out next week, will be publicly available sometime after Apple's October 30th press event in NYC. According to the iOS 12.1 user guide, Group FaceTime promises to bring video conferencing for up to 32 participants. So which iOS devices are compatible with Group FaceTime?