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iOS 4.2 Leads To A Flawed Arabic Keyboard

by Sean P. Aune | November 24, 2010November 24, 2010 8:00 am PDT

I don’t claim to know anything about the Arabic language (and I’m sure our readers will attest to me barely knowing the English language), but even I can tell something is very off with the new keyboard in iOS 4.2 on the iPad.

SaudiMac has posted an image of the new version of the Arabic keyboard in iOS 4.2 for the Arabic language, and then comparison shots to similar keyboards in other Apple products, and you can immediately tell the layout is different.

Arabic iPad

Most notable is that the space bar has been cut in half and replaced with a way too large button for the diacritics.  Simple ergonomics tell you that the space bar needs to be longer than that and more centered.

Beyond that, the post goes on to show that Apple keeps changing the layout of the keys for the Arabic language, and the one currently on the iPad does not match up to a standard keyboard in those countries.

Considering Apple’s usual excruciating eye for details, this is somewhat surprising that they have blown this keyboard so badly.  Perhaps a timely update is in order?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...