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iOS 16 features a brand new keyboard layout option for iPhone

iOS 16 features a brand new keyboard layout option for iPhone

iOS 16 features a brand new keyboard layout option for iPhone

iOS 16 adds native support for the Dvorak keyboard layout on iPhone, giving users an alternative to the standard QWERTY layout. A newly added option was noted by @aaronp613 and others back in July, but this feature has largely remained under the radar until it was highlighted this week by Ars Technica and The Verge.

iOS 16 features a brand new keyboard layout option for iPhone
Dvorak is designed to make two-handed typing faster and more ergonomic than QWERTY. Patented by August Dvorak in 1936, the layout reduces finger movement by placing all vowels in the middle row on the left side of the keyboard and commonly used consonants like R, S, T, N and L on the right. However, since typing on a smartphone only involves thumbs, Dvorak isn’t as useful on an iPhone.

On an iPhone updated to iOS 16, the Dvorak layout can be enabled in the Settings app under General → Keyboard → Keyboards → English → Dvorak, in addition to the existing QWERTY, AZERTY, and QWERTZ options. Dvorak is only available in English.

Prior to iOS 16, using Dvorak on iPhone required installing a third-party keyboard from the App Store or connecting a capable external hardware keyboard. Dvorak has also long been supported on the Mac and can be enabled in the System Settings app under Keyboard → Input Sources by clicking the plus sign and selecting Dvorak.

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