Ignored keypresses when typing on iPad

The iPad has a reputation for being difficult to type on. It’s generally accepted that the iPad is okay for short emails and notes, but is not suited to longer documents. The anecdotal consensus seems to be that an on-screen keyboard, with no tactile feedback, leads to more errors than a physical keyboard with real keys. Based on my research today, I’m not sure that this is the case. Instead, it may be a bug in the iPad’s keyboard software that is causing some of the typing errors.

I’ve never learnt to type properly – I use at most three fingers – but I can get around a physical keyboard pretty quickly. As an interface designer, I’m intrigued to see whether an on-screen keyboard really can be a valid alternative to a physical one. As a result, I’ve studied the iPad’s keyboard in quite a bit of detail.

The more I’ve looked into it, the more I’ve suspected that my typing may not be at fault for some of the mistakes in my iPad documents. To test this theory, I positioned my iPhone 4S (the best video camera I own) over an iPad 2 (supported by a folded Smart Screen), and filmed myself typing some sample text into a Pages document. I decided that Pages, as the de facto (and Apple-created) word processor for iPad, would be a good test of using the device for long-form writing.

Here’s the video of my typing, played back at 12.5% of the original speed so that you can see the individual keys being pressed. I’ve used the on-screen keyboard’s highlighting of pressed keys (fading to a darker grey and back again) to ascertain which keys I have successfully pressed, and in which order. I deliberately used a piece of text I don’t know well, to avoid familiarity; the pauses in the video come from me reading each block of text from the screen of my Mac. (The video is 12 minutes long, and is quite dull to watch in its entirety; it’s included here primarily to illustrate the examples below.)

Here’s what I’m trying to type:

Of the causes which have induced me to print this volume I have little to say; my own opinion is, that it will ultimately do some service to science, and without that belief I would not have undertaken so thankless a task. That it is too true not to make enemies, is an opinion in which I concur with several of my friends, although I should hope that which I have written will not give just reason for the permanence of such feelings.

…and here’s what I end up with on the iPad (with differences from the original text highlighted in red):

Of the causes which have induced me to print this volume image little to say; my own opinions, that t will ultimately do some service to science, and without that belef I would not ave undertaken so tankless a task. That it’s tod rue nt to Mae enemies, is anopinionin which I concur with several of y friends, although I should le that what iave written will nt give just reason fr the permanence of such feelings.

Clearly this is lot of of errors. The first error occurs just after typing this volume. On the iPad keyboard, I correctly type i [space] have. There’s very little time between pressing h and a, but long enough for the framerate of the iPhone video camera to detect them as being pressed in the correct order.

After I type the letter i, the following space is ignored, as is the letter h. Is this because the iPad is expecting me to select or dismiss an autocorrect overlay for the lowercase i? Or is it because the keypresses are missed by Pages? In either case, Pages doesn’t start processing my keystrokes again until the letter a. It then correctly detects the v, the e and the subsequent space, causing it to display iave; this is autocorrected to image after the ending space is pressed. This is despite the fact that I typed all of the letters correctly, apart from using a lowercase i.

The second error is a genuine typing mistake, as I fail to hit the space bar between opinion and is. The autocorrect suggestion of opinions is a sensible one.

The third error seems to be another ignored keypress. I’m typing that it will, and from the video recording, I press all of the keys in the correct order. However, the keypress of the letter i in it is ignored, despite the fact that the keyboard shows it turning grey, leaving me with that t. Likewise after the second l in will, I definitely press space, and the keyboard notes this by turning the spacebar grey, but doesn’t register a space in the document on screen, leaving me with willultimately.

To its credit, the iPad then autocorrects willultimately to will ultimately without showing a suggestion overlay. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t have needed correcting in the first place.

Another error – during my typing of the word science, my correct keypress of the letter is ignored, resulting in scence being displayed on screen. Again it’s autocorrected, and ends up as science.

More letters are missed; the i from belief is ignored, and the word isn’t autocorrected, leaving me with belef. The o from not is ignored too, leaving me with nt. (We’ll skip over my slightly embarrassing inability to type the word several – I get it right in the end.)

Yet more characters are missed in the second half of the text. Here’s the final output text, showing my errors in green; missed-letter errors (not subsequently autocorrected) in red; and missed-letter errors (subsequently corrected by autocorrect) in blue.

Of the causes which have induced me to print this volume image little to say; my own opinions, that t will ultimately do some service to science, and without that belef I would not ave undertaken so tankless a task. That it’s tod rue nt to Mae enemies, is anopinionin which I concur with several of y friends, although I should le that what iave written will nt give just reason fr the permanence of such feelings.

Out of a 435-character text, 30 keypresses were ignored – nearly 7% of the characters in the text. And out of 17 errors in the final text (after autocorrect had helped out), only three were my fault – about my usual error rate on a physical keyboard. (I made five mistakes when typing the same text in Pages on an 11” MacBook Air.)

So it turns out I can type on an iPad – but maybe the iPad isn’t processing all of my keystrokes. If it did, the iPad would be my default typing device on the move.

Update 1: following a few questions on Twitter, I’ve run the same test in other apps (Notes and Mail), and the missing characters problem seems to occur there too. This suggests there might be a lower-level text input issue, rather than a Pages-specific issue. I’ve also tried using a physical Bluetooth keyboard; this didn’t trigger missing characters, suggesting that the issue might be specific to text input from the on-screen keyboard only.

Update 2: a few people have asked if this problem might be specific to my iPad 2. I’ve tried the same test on two iPad 1 devices (albeit without the benefit of slowed-down video analysis), and seen very similar behaviour. Although this isn’t conclusive, it leads me to believe that the problem isn’t specific to my device.

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62 thoughts on “Ignored keypresses when typing on iPad

  1. Fascinating analysis. The difference between iPad and keyboard is the touch screen. Rather than iPad ignore a key ‘press’ it is more likely that you didn’t touch the letter cleanly and with consistent pressure. The errors increase the longer you are typing as you become more adapted to the task. Many people use a Bluetooth keyboard for long typing on touchscreen devices to avoid this problem.

    • Hi Martyn,
      You can tell whether or not a key was pressed by watching the keyboard closely. Pressed keys fade to dark grey and then back to light grey. The main reason for my slow-motion video research was to confirm that the keypresses took place; if you watch the video around the time that the errors occur, you can clearly see the keypresses are acknowledged by the on-screen keyboard, but do not appear in the document.

  2. I stopped using auto correct about 10 minutes after buying my iPad. Just like nearly all users afaik. You might want to redo the experiment with a lower number of errors

    • Hi Stephan,

      I haven’t performed the video recording experiment with autocorrect turned off, but I tried it without a recording, and I still ended up with a lot of missing characters, despite the keys seeming to light up on the keyboard when I pressed them (as far as I could tell without a slowed-down recording to check against, anyway). I’ll try and perform the video test again with autocorrect turned off.

      At first I thought that autocorrect might be the culprit, but now I don’t think so; it looks more like there’s a disconnect between what keypresses the keyboard recognises, and what the iPad’s text handling code actually processes.

  3. Finally! I have been searching the web for anyone else who has experienced this problem. I also videos myself to check that it wasn’t me making the mistakes, and I could clearly see the buttons being registered, but the letters not appearing. I also downloaded a third party keyboard (by Batsu), which was awkward to use, but didn’t miss a single keystroke. It is a real problem for me, and stops me from using the iPad for writing anything but a brief email. I can get it to happen every time by  typing “Thi” with a capital “T”
    Ti
    Ti
    Ti

    It seems to be a caused by a delay when caps lock switches off. For example, it doesn’t happen if I continue to type “thi” after the start of the sentence, but if I force a capital T, it then happens again. Eg
    Ti thi thi thi thi Ti thi thi thi thi Ti.

    Words I often have a problem with are “the”, “that” and “this”, all very common words, which is very frustrating!

    • I have the exact same problem , took me ages to find someone else who experiences it! Kudos to you for the geeky attention to detail in this post!

      For me it is the word “the” that it happens the most on, it quite often misses the “th” and just puts a single letter “e” which is annoying. It has taught me to proof read what I’ve written much more than I used to though :)

      I’m amazed it hasn’t been more widely reported (or fixed!)

    • Hi Cyril,

      RADAR already posted (#10636169). My only guess is that it hasn’t been spotted until now, although it does seem odd. That said, I’d always assumed something else was at play – perhaps I was missing the keys? – so it’s plausible it has been missed, if unfortunate.

      If my research *is* correct, then my hope is that it can be fixed in software. I certainly don’t want to berate Apple for this if it is a bug; rather, I’d like it to be fixed, so I can stop carrying a laptop around!

  4. As I use computers for input about 1/4 to 1/3 of the time and for viewing (mostly web) the rest of the time I have found it hard to see a significant attraction in a tablet computer: I would find it so frustrating not having access to a half-reasonable input device.
    It’s completely predictable that tablets are very substandard in this respect by their very nature:
    (1) a screen and keyboard on the same plane is really bad ergonomically;
    (2) there is no tactile component to allow the constant, subconscious repositioning of fingers that happens with shaped (concave) keys and ‘marker’ keys (raised dots on ‘f’ and ‘j’);
    (3) the haptic feedback is non existent on most current tablets (including iPads). There are one or two more or less in the R&D phase which use vibration to provide feedback, but even so, they probably won’t come close to a well-designed ‘real’ keyboard, which includes carefully engineered features such as the strength and performance of springs, distance of travel, acceleration / deceleration characteristics and the start and end of each depression and release (including the feel of the ‘click’), the audio feedback, etc., etc.

    I can’t remember the model, but one of the IBM keyboards was a real classic of superb engineering and design for ‘serious’ typists. Nothing implemented using a tablet comes even close to even an average real keyboard. And, of course, much of the already tiny screen (compared with, say, a good quality 24″ monitor) is occupied by the keyboard when in use. I really can’t imagine anyone who makes serious, heavy use of keyboards, whether writing a novel or programming, or anything in between being satisfied for more than a short while with a tablet once the novelty has worn off.
    Of course, for someone who mostly ‘consumes’ content, types the occasional couple-of-paragraph email or enters a few URIs in their browser, the attraction of tablet portability is high, as long as the small screen is bearable.

    • The points you list are precisely what I thought was at fault with my typing on iPad. However, if my research is correct, then (for me at least) they aren’t anywhere *near* as much of a problem as I first thought. In fact, without the missed keypresses, my iPad typing is every bit as good as when I use a physical keyboard.

      It’s easy to assume that the physical characteristics of a new typing setup are to blame for errors and inaccuracies – I certainly did. After this research, I’m no longer sure that this is the case.

  5. Actually it is made on purpose (i.e. a feature), and I’ve just tested it.
    Here’s how:
    Press any of the keys, it turns grey, now keep holding down your finger and slide over to a neighbouring key. Now release it. The whole key press is ignored.
    You need to press *and release* the virtual key while your finger is still over it for it to be passed on the application.
    That’s what’s happening in the video, you’re typing quickly and moving to the next key without raising the finger enough from the previous press.
    This may be some feature to avoid spurious keypresses.

    • That’s certainly one possibility, and it’s something I’d considered during my testing. The behaviour you describe is the standard UIButton control behaviour on iOS, and it may be that the on-screen keyboard is made up of a set of UIButtons. However, this button-like behaviour – sliding off a key to negate a keypress – wouldn’t be appropriate for fast typing, which is much more about the initial impact on a key, rather than the subsequent movement.

      If this *is* the cause of the missed keypresses, then it’s a mistake to use this kind of touch handling approach on a keyboard. Unlike a considered button press, typing is all about moving speedily around the keyboard. To put it another way: if every keypress registered on the keyboard in my video *had* been used, my document would have had fewer mistakes.

      Unfortunately, without a high-framerate video camera, it’s very hard for me to find out if this is the likely cause. Personally I’m not convinced, but it’s certainly worth considering.

  6. Your test seems reasonable and seems to show a problem, although I haven’t experienced that problem myself, and personally I find the iPad’s autocorrect feature to be very helpful.

    The idea that Nerg suggested seems like a likely possibility. A big problem with onscreen keyboards is that accidental touches could be mistaken for keystrokes, and the iPad is programmed to ignore sliding keystrokes. The key will turn gray upon touch, but sliding off the key before release will cancel the keystroke. It may be that you just need to adjust your typing style a bit.

    • Hi James,

      I agree about auto-correct being helpful. In fact, it was only when I started using Lion (which introduced global auto-correct for Mac OS X) that I wondered whether something might be up on the iPad. I find auto-correct invaluable on Lion – it saves me a bunch of time correcting mistakes, and has improved my typing. However, on iPad I found the opposite, which led me to wonder if it might be masking an underlying missing-character problem, as described here.

      I’m going to run some further tests to see if I can ascertain my finger position when each missing-key touch event ends. It’s hard to capture without a high-framerate video camera, but I’m keen to prove (or disprove) the sliding-keystroke theory, so I’ll give it a try.

  7. Ludicrous article. If you can’t touch-type, why do you write about something out of your sphere of experience. Any *real* typist can tell you typing on a physical keyboard is the *only* way to touch-type accurately. Your fingers actually rest on 8 home keys. So-called haptic feedback has nothing to do with it. Write about things you know *something* about, puh-leese!

    • Ludicrous and rude comment. Why should not being able to touch-type preclude someone from writing about typing on an iPad? And what relevance does your point about using a physical keyboard have? The article is about typing on the iPad’s on-screen keyboard, something the author clearly has some experience of. Finally, the author never uses the phrase “haptic feedback”; he mentions “tactile feedback” in passing, and it seems to me very relevant to the central point of the article.

  8. Great article, and good work with the video. This happens to me all the time! I’ll file another Radar bug noting your existing bug number and this web site.

  9. I have same problem. When I have the volume on, I can hear the click of the keystroke, but no letter showing up. Very frustrating.

  10. This is a big problem on my ipad 3. I have autocorrect turned off and I hunt and peck, so my key hits are clean and not slurred. My ipad goes through spells where it will drop letters in two or three words per sentence. Other times it works fine (like now). I have actually seen it skip. I get the key hit sound, but no letter appears. It’s made using the iPad very irritating at times. I wish I knew what was causing it.

  11. I had this problem with my iPad 1 – it simply couldn’t keep up with my typing, and while it registered key strokes of mine, they wouldn’t show up on screen – but now do not have the problem with the iPad 3.

    In fact, keystrokes on the iPad 3 don’t lag behind my typing like they did with the iPad 1. Typing is actually a pleasure on this thing, and at times I feel I can type faster and more accurately than I do on a “standard” keyboard.

    I see the poster before me has issues with iPad 3 typing, but as someone who suffered from the problem you’re describing with his iPad 1, I can report that typing on my iPad 3 is a dream and exactly the way it’s supposed to be.

  12. This really has been frustrating me more and more and my biggest annoyance with the iPad. I’ve recently upgraded from an iPad 1 to an iPad 3, and I though it would be much better, but it still misses letters on a regular basis e.g. on emails. The autocorrect then frequently inserts an absurd word, far worse than the original misake – at least you can now switch this off!
    Reading through the posts, it appears to be the key feedback that Apple have got wrong – the key click and graying is on the touch, but the type action is on the release. If you slide your finger between the two, even slightly, you get a click but often no character. Very difficult when typing quickly and for some reason I often miss “I”s from words.
    Come on Apple, sort this out!

  13. I type on my iPad quite often and for the most part haven’t noticed dropped characters. In fact, autocorrect was quite handy at catching mistakes I knew I had made, and so it was useful. But today I was composing email messages and characters were being routinely dropped. The ‘r’ for example was lost just now when I typed ‘dropped’ in the previous sentence (but autocorrect fixed it). There is no doubt in my mind that typed characters are not registering. I am by nature a bit of a hunt and peck typist and it’s not inappropriate sliding of my fingers from one key to the next. So (the ‘S’ didn’t register there and I got a capital ‘O’ instead), the iPad is losing characters being typed using the on-screen keyboard. This is one of the worst and most unacceptable bugs I’ve encountered using either iOS 4 or iOS 5. It seems like it’s one that just appeared so maybe it is being caused by other factors. I will evaluate the impact of rebooting and check to see whether Bluetooth is on, etc.

  14. I’ve explored a bit further regarding this issue. While characters can still be lost when typing on-screen in portrait mode, it is far more pronounced in landscape mode. Also, in landscape mode, once any character is dropped, the likelihood that a following character (not necessarily the very next one) will be dropped soon after goes up quite a bit. Even 2 sequential characters can be dropped. It is bizarre and maddening and I can envision people blaming this on autocorrect even though that feature is trying its best to cope. No, we’re dealing with a different issue altogether here — the failure of the iPad to consistently properly recognize typed characters!

    Typing on a iPhone 4S I saw none of this behavior, so it would seem to be an iPad-specific behavior.

    • it occurs on the iPhone 4S for me. the easiest way to detect it is to turn the “clicky sound whenever a keystroke is pressed” option on. you can hear the clicky sound, but the key does not register!

      this is most blatant after a space – the initial character in a word is dropped. (this is extra frustrating because the AutoCorrect is least effective at resolving “first character omitted”, compared to other types of errors.)

  15. Also, is it my imagination or is the apple dictionary/spell checker the worst? It learns mistakes but not frequent words used daily.

    Also corrects wrong words th othe miss-spelling, and then redlines it’s own corrections….

  16. This problem jus brought me to the point of searching for a solution. I use one finger in portrait mode. I often lose the end of a word (like jus instead of just). Since I use one finger, I believe it’s an input speed issue. I hope Apple finds a fix soon. Thank you for taking the time to look into this issue and posting this article. I also think autocorrect needs a major overhaul.

  17. I was getting so tired of all my typos, and it seemed to be getting worse. I thought am typing too fast for my iPad? It feels like it sticks sometimes when I type. Googled the problem and found you. Thanks. Wish you had a fix.

  18. I am thoroughly frustrated with my inability to type the word “in” without my iPad 2 perceiving the i of in to be a capital I . Then it places a period and starts a new sentence! Even to type the sentence I just did required several manual overrides. The comment by the person saying you shouldn’t post this if you are not a keyboard typist is idiotic. I am a highly proficient keyboard typist but that skill is moot on my iPad. Regardless, you are correct that it is not the human but the device making the mistakes. I want apple to give us a ” fix”.

  19. I’m glad I found this post; I thought I was going crazy. My experience is exactly the same as the author’s. Ever since the iPad 2 (now on New iPad) the keyboard misses keystrokes, even though the key press is acknowledged by a click and greying out of the key. In fact, I can type more accurately on my iPhone than my iPad, despite the small keys and fat fingers! After a bit of experimentation I’ve found that the missed keystrokes are inversely proportional to the pressure used i.e. a light press is more likely to result in a miss-stroke. Still, pounding on your iPad to type quickly gets old. I really hope Apple fixes this soon!

  20. I’ve had this problem for a couple of months now (glad to see I’m not going crazy!).

    I’ve noticed that a full reboot (hold down power until you slide to shut off, then restart) seems to “refresh” the keyboard for a while. It’s almost if the memory on the pad gets full, and the virtual keyboard has a hard time keeping up after a while… After the reboot, the keyboard works fine for a period of time.

    Give that a try, it works for me!

  21. Yup, I’ve noticed ignored keypresses A LOT with ALL three generations of iPads. The problem is indeed how at the OS level, there is a clear lag in recognizing keystrokes on the virtual keyboard. This issue also only occurs when one is typing at a typical speed typists are accustomed to (in other words, quickly). Definitely a software issue at the OS level which has yet to be resolved by Apple.

    Most people obviously haven’t noticed or have just assumed that they physically mistyped but obviously there is a software issue that is at the root of the issue (I mean, I’ve gotten to the point where I can blind type pretty accurately on both my iPhone as well as the iPad due to muscle memory, so with me looking down at the virtual keyboard and tapping out what I need to type, my accuracy rate should actually be close to if not 100%, but due to the keypress input lag issue at the OS level, I’m getting an accuracy rate a good deal lower than what it should be).

    Just to state it as clearly as possible, there’s a noticeable keypress input lag with the virtual keyboard for the iPad and it is something most people would not notice since the majority of people do not type on the iPad at comparable speeds that they do with a physical keyboard but for those who type almost just as fast and fluidly on the virtual keyboard, it’s a very noticeable and very annoying problem.

  22. Thank you for publishing this article. I have the exact same issue on my iPad 2. Extremely frustrating! Previous posters are correct that it is much worse in landscape mode. Like, almost unusable worse. No problem in portrait at all. I’ve just gotten in the habit of switching to portrait whenever I have to type more than a word or two.

    I’m going to favorite this post. Hope there’s a solution. Thanks again for your hard work on this.

  23. I also experience this when typing on my iPad 2. I never understood why it skipped letters, when I hear the audible click on every keystroke. It’s a very frustrating issue, and I dislike having to carefully proofread everything I type to see if it did this. I average about 10 missed letters in a typical email. Hope it’s solved soon.

  24. i would like to concur with the researh the poster has done. it is a really annoying bug, i really hope to be fixed with ios 6! or a least i ope this become a big enough attention to warrant a jailbreak fix for it. i hate typing in portrait mode, i like the big keyboard in landscape, but the errors is simply unacceptable. keep up the issue people!

  25. Glad to hear I’m not alone. Took my Ipad2 to an Apple store to complain. They refused to acknowledge the problem. Took it to another Apple store. Without acknowledging the problem they quickly offered to replace my machine. Results are the same. I thought about posting this without proof reading first but it would be unintelligible.

    None of the people I know with IPads claim this to be a problem. I think they subconsciously just live with it

  26. Has anyone tried IOS6? I’m not to keen to upgrade due to the poor maps facility, but if it fixes this keyboard glitch, I may well go for it!

  27. Excellent article and (mostly!) very helpful comments. My iPad 3 has the same problem with both iOS5 and now iOS6 and my experience is that it is definitely speed-sensitive. I believe that my most-ignored letter is ‘O’ which perhaps adds weight to the ‘sliding’ theory, as it’s more likely that I’d slide back from there towards the centre of the keyboard.

  28. There is beyond a shadow of a doubt a major problem that’s been identified here, and it is true of all three iPads. For me, the keyboard fails to register the first letter of a word an enormous amount of the time. Hello comes out ello, “you” auto corrects to OU. I’m new to all this, oes (does) Apple understand the problem? How oes ( it id it again) one inform them?
    I presume there is no fix.

    The first letter issue is only one problem of many.

    • I have all of these problems with my IPad…it is very frustrating! It seems to be getting worse. I do hope creators of IPad come up with a resolution in the very near future. ( I love my IPad, warts and all!)

  29. My ipad 3has the same problem. I notice that emails from my friends iPads show exactly the same problems.thank you for this brilliant article.
    Addie

  30. I have an iPad 3. Thought it was just me. I use landscape mode and always have errors even ough the keys how they are pressed.

    I am leaving the errors in to prove my disgust. (Though = ough & show = how)

  31. Very interesting article, andmexperoment. Heard many complain about typing problems on Ipad and this could well explain some of it.
    Has anyone experienced the problem of gettong “m” instead of space beteween words? I get that alle the time, totally annoying. Fear it’s me writing too fast though, like Laura.

    The Apple dictionary is awful, on the Iphone as well. Turns words into something out of this world, far worse than the original mistake. It’s better turned off.

  32. I have been having the same problem with the iPad when typing emails and notes. However, I have noticed that the problem doesn’t occur when I’m typing text messages on the iPad. Thanks for making the video of the issue. I’ve thought that I have a faulty iPad!

  33. Thanks be to god! I’ve had keystroke errors with both the Ipad 1 and Ipad 3. Brought my Ipad to be looked at several times only to be told the same thing, ” there does not seem to be a problem”!

    Does Apple think were all idiots? I’m beginning to think, YES! Obviously, this is a common problem and instead of acknowledging the problem. We’re being patronized in believing there is nothing wrong!

    COME ON APPLE, STEVE WOULD BE PISSED AT ALL OF YOU FOR TREATING LOYAL FANS/USERS THE WAY YOUR TREATING THIS PROBLEM!

    Either acknowledge the problem or fix the damn problem!

  34. I have cursed more since I have owned the iPad. I love it, but it types like crap. Sooooooo frustrated. I thought maybe I had a faulty pad or my memory is too full. Glad I found this site. Maybe I will think twice in buying my next iPad.

  35. Yes same problem

    Both ipad 1 and 3

    Often misses letters i and h but others too

    Please give us a fix for this emails take too long as have to keep going back to check for miss spellings

  36. Thanks for this post – it’s really informative. I’ve always had problems with the iPad typing (on iPad 1, 2 and 3), and assumed that it was an issue with my finger placement.

    I recently changed to a Google Nexus 10, where the keyboard works beautifully. Switching back to the iPad I have characters missing all over the place, and it’s painfully obvious that there is a serious bug that Apple need to fix. I find it unbelievable that it has been going on for so long!

  37. Same problem here. I thought it is a kinda mistyping of my own after i had just purchased my Ipad 3. Later on I realized this is really an OS bug. I type quite fast thought I use 2 fingers only. And so I’m facing ignored keypresses all the time working on the latest iOs version. If there was a clear way to register and to track a bug in Apple, at least I would try. Unfortunatelly their support forums only seems to be a “hole for steam” for the customers. Because i have never seen any bug (even fixed later on) to be admitted and anyhow confirmed. Especially such a special, when most of users apparently suspect themselves to make errors when typing on-screen keyboard

  38. I’m a former secretary with years of typing experience and good typing speed. I picked up one finger typing very quickly on my first iPad. I’m on my 3rd (the mini) and have had the dropped letters and other problems mentioned. I can hear that it has registered the letter but it doesn’t appear. And the Mini, for whatever reason, will often decide I’ve finished a sentence (sometimes after only one word) and add a period and move on to. New sentence. A’s, T’s, H’s, and a few other letters are the biggest offenders. I had decided I just typed too fast for this keyboard, but sounds like its a known problem. And I pick my finger up off the keyboard between letters because I’m just using one finger. Will check back to see if there is ever a fix!

  39. I thought I was going crazy with all these dropped letters on my iPad. I went out and invested in a physical Bluetooth keyboard and the problem got even worse. I think most people don’t type fast enough to see the problem but if you are a touch typist, it can be very annoying.
    iOS 6 doesn’t seem to have helped at all.
    I suppose I will have to reserve my real typing for my desktop. So much for working in my book on the road.
    CJ

  40. My ipad 3 frequently adds a “b” or “v” ( more frequently) between words. Until reading thisvarticle ( typical example..I did not do this intentionally but will letbit stand.) now it is let THEM stand….

    Even when I am very careful I end up with some of this and only thosebtwo letters and only lower case. Sigh. I love my Ipad but…..

    • Oops, got side tracked with the errors. First sentence should have been completed…”I assumed the errors were mine.”

  41. Hey there! Just found your post. This happens to me all the time on my ipad 3. Unfortunately this happens on all iPads as far as I know. The problem occurs when you type really fast. It’s not acting like a normal keyboard. So when you press a letter and immidiately change to another while typing this will happen. Frustrating? You have no idea. Writing lectures on the ipad sucks big time if you are a student. They need to fix this somehow.

  42. if it is one blog that Apple avoid it seem to be this one I dont think they will solve this problem. Samsung’s tablet types just fine. After 3 generations of iPad I’m no longer impressed!

  43. I have this problem with my IPad and it is so annoying. I think I go too fast for it although I ave resorted to one finger typing. I know I have done he wrd correctly and it doesn’t pick up the characters as you can see in the previous the and word.

  44. Thank you for proving that this issue is *real*. Apple won’t acknowledge this as being a “known problem” when I speak with them. I lose lots of letters, and have severe lag issues with keystrokes as well. It’s driving me mad. I already returned one iPad3 for this reason, and the replacement does the same thing!

    I’m about ready to throw this thing out. I uickly isbled autocorrect (that should have said “quickly disabled”) which is impossible to use with this problem.

    In my case, the keyboard started with intermittently non-registering of the letter “a” and remained on the left side for awhile. But now it skips single and multiples across the entire keyboard. I hate this iPad!

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